Cat diet: what should you feed a senior cat?
August 21, 2018
Your cat’s natural behaviour will continue throughout their life – and they’ll probably stay active and curious for years and years. In fact, sometimes you’ll find it hard to believe that they're getting older at all!
But we know that cats can be fussy eaters at the best of times, and as they get older they can become even fussier! Here’s a few top tips for feeding senior cats:
- Always serve food at room temperature, most cats do not like cold or refrigerated food.
- Cats prefer small meals, more often.
- WHISKAS® Senior cat food is specially formulated to support the specific needs of senior cats.
- Feeding wet food morning and night with an allocated portion of dry food left out for grazing on during the day is a great way to feed a cat and fulfil their natural desire to eat several small meals a day.
- A great way to provide mental stimulation and gentle physical exercise for older cats is to put their dry food in a puzzle feeder, which requires interaction and movement to release the kibbles.
As they grow older, their nutritional needs will change. So after the age of seven, it’s important to adjust their diet to one that suits a senior cat. For example, the WHISKAS® Senior Formula with Chicken contains Omega 3 fatty acids to help support joint health and antioxidants to help support a healthy immune system.
The right food for your older catIf your cat starts turning its nose up at the food you're giving, it may be a sign you need to change their diet. While you want to give them something they enjoy, it’s also important that they get the right nutrients for their age. We suggest the WHISKAS® Senior Cat Food, which provides everything your cat needs to stay healthy in their senior years.
A question of digestionYour older cat may not be able to digest food as easily as when they were younger. They may not absorb nutrients as efficiently as before. Putting your cat on a suitable diet will help its body to deal with these changes.
Watching their weightBecause older cats aren't as active, they can sometimes get a bit chubby! Or they can also lose weight if they're struggling to digest food properly. Keep an eye on your cat’s weight by getting into a regular routine of both weighing and checking along the sides of its body.
Learn how to check your cat’s body weight here
If you’re worried about your cat’s weight, try adjusting the amount of food you give accordingly. If the problem persists, ask your vet for advice.