Your cat may still act like a kitten at times, but once they reach around seven years of age they'll start develop different requirements for nutrition. At this point it is important to gradually move your cat on to a specially-formulated senior food, to help keep them happy and healthy into retirement. Older cats are more susceptible to health problems, and they'll require fewer calories from fats as their metabolism slows down. The ideal diet consists of high-quality proteins, for muscle strength and mobility, alongside a well-balanced selection of nutrients for gentle digestion and healthy joints.
In addition, there are certain nutrients and vitamins that will help combat the symptoms of getting older - take a look below to help you select the right food for your cat.
Increased risk of joint and mobility problems: As your cat grows older you may find they become less interested in physical activity; they may lose interest in playing games, instead preferring to curl up on your lap and sleep. Senior Complete foods contain glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate to help promote healthy joint cartilage and support overall joint mobility, keeping senior cats lively and playful for longer.
Increased risk of kidney and heart disease: Senior cats are more at risk of these problems, so our senior diets are lower in protein to help keep the kidneys healthy. Maintaining your cat's weight also helps to prevent heart disease.
Deterioration of skin and coat: Senior cats tend to develop dry skin as they age. Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids in senior foods can help rejuvenate the skin, and help maintain a healthy coat.