Senior Cat Food
What has gone through your mind when your fur child gets older? Especially for a cat, who may be 7+ years old. While experienced pet parents out there think about potential health issues as our babies grow older, we might think about their diet too. And honestly, I think the only reason one would think about senior cat food is because the pet food manufacturers out there have seen fit to provide one.
There doesn’t appear to be much concrete evidence that switching to a senior cat food diet is something you should do. This article, the dilemma about what to feed old cats even states how widely the important nutrients provided in these foods varies largely.
LociLu who is Baby Patches’ sister is now 11 years old and I haven’t switched out her food at all. For one thing, she is a very picky cat when it comes to both food and treats. So I was concerned with her just hopping over to her sisters bowl for her regular food. So it really got me thinking about whether it was really necessary.
LociLu pictured below, is our sweet baby girl snowshoe who does suffer from poor teeth because of her breed but other than that has very normal behavior. Since having previously ill cats and knowing dozens of other cat moms I’m familiar with watching for changes. Even tiny ones are something to watch out for because our cat fur kids are great at hiding medical issues.
Her mom and dad love her very much, so making sure she is a healthy cat is important. Since there seems to be consensus among vets and just logically thinking (including previous experience) diet adjustments for cats should be made when it is needed. There are all kinds of different foods for cats with individual needs and for me that seems to be the best way to go about it. At least until there are significant studies done to show results for us loving pet parents.
What do you think? What has been your experience with this? Did you ask your vet about senior cat food? Can’t wait to chat with other cat parents or cats about this!
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