Dietary Advice for Senior Cats

An older or “senior” cat doesn’t have the same dietary or nutritional needs she did when she was younger. If your cat is past the age of seven or eight, she could probably use some dietary changes. Learn more below from a Colorado Springs veterinarian.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight off disease in your cat’s body. Essentials like vitamin E and beta-carotene, for example, are great for boosting the immune system and helping your cat live a healthier, longer life. Your cat’s food needs to contain the proper antioxidants, so do some research and consult with your veterinarian to make sure your cat is getting what she needs.

Calories

Since older cats probably don’t move around as much as they used to, the same calorie intake they always had will likely lead to obesity in old age. Many older cats benefit greatly from a diet with a decreased calorie count to match up with their activity level.

Senior Diets

Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation on a good senior diet. These products are an all-in-one package for getting your senior cat the nutritional benefits she needs. Many senior diets have a lower calorie count and contain more antioxidants. They also have a lot of protein to increase energy and build muscle mass.

A Word on Treats

Remember that feeding your cat a lot of treats is only adding empty calories to her diet, and it’s even more likely to lead to obesity now that your cat has slowed down a bit. Try to use treats only as rewards, or the very occasional indulgence. Cut down on fatty human-food treats as well. You might try picking a brand of cat treats that have health benefits, like digestive support or dental cleaning.

Veterinary Visits

Regular veterinary visits are a great way to make sure your older cat’s diet is in top form and that your cat’s overall health is in peak condition. Ask your Colorado Springs vet about more senior feline diet tips and other ways you can make her golden years the best yet!