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The diet for an elderly cat

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Medical treatments and appropriate nutrition have extended the cats' life span. It is therefore important to pay attention to how an older cat eats.

By Emilie Heyl

To make sure you cat’s health is good, it is important to give to your old cat the right nutriments with high quality protein. 

While the average life span is 13-14 years, it is not uncommon to see domestic cats live for more than 20 years.
 
While cats age, it is crucial to adapt its diet by feeding him senior cat food. Older cats have different nutritional needs than younger cats. 
 
The old cat’s health will change. Their immune defences are weakened, free radicals are increasing, and it is not uncommon for the first signs of kidney failure to begin to appear.
 
For all these reasons, the diet of an elderly cat must be modified.

A diet adapted to elderly cats:

Elderly cat food has the following characteristics:
 
·       it is appetising, as the cat’s appetite decreases
·       the consistency is suitable for easy chewing
·       it is digestible, as the cat’s assimilation capacity is weakened
·       it is supplemented, mainly with essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6) and antioxidant vitamins that help to fight free radicals. It is essential to maintain a good percentage of protein, but not too much, and to reduce phosphorus intake (about 0.6%) in order to preserve kidney function.
 
For senior cats, the nutrient content of 100g of dry nutritious food is distributed as follows:
 
·       Proteins: 27% (approximately)
·       Fats: 15% (approximately)
·       Carbohydrates (starches + fibre): 44% (approximately)
·       Taurine, omega 3, omega 6, minerals, vitamins: 14% (approximately)