It’s easy to look after an older cat and keep them happy and healthy once you know how. A cat is considered senior from around eight years. And just like humans, a cat will change over time. She’ll spend more time sleeping (yes, it is possible) and less time playing. Her appetite may diminish and her metabolism will slow.
Food for Thought
A senior cat is less active so her diet will need to change. Food containing high quality protein that’s easy to digest will help maintain a good overall body condition.
It’s best to switch an older cat to food that’s specifically formulated for seniors. One that’s in small pieces, which is easier to chew. Soft textures like FANCY FEAST Royale Broths and FANCY FEAST Gravy Lovers varieties are a good way to complement your cat’s diet. And, as with any change in diet, mix a small amount of the new food with the old then increase the new food gradually.
At this age, it’s important to keep an eye on your cat’s weight. Less activity and a slower metabolism can add up to unwanted kilos.
If your cat has gone off her food, keep in mind her sense of smell has probably faded. Try serving her meals at room temperature, which will enhance the aroma and stimulate her appetite.
Make an appointment with your vet at least yearly for a checkup to ensure everything’s OK. Prevention is always better than cure.