Nutritional cat supplements for older cats

Everything ages, this is the natural balance of life, but your feline friend’s whiskers have greyed, his eyes duller with age, he walks slower and naps more. He has been your companion and a part of your family for many years, and it is only right that you should now look after his needs as a senior!

In this article we set out to explore why your older cat needs supplements and recommend some natural options for you. We also recommend some other steps you can take to improve the quality of their latter years.

Why would my older cat need supplements?

As they get older, your cats’ immune system does not work so well, they will benefit from your attention to understanding their changing needs in their aging bodies. There are many supplements on the market that can assist in prolonging the health and quality of your feline friend, in some cases by many years. Natural supplements offer quality key ingredients that assist and support your cat’s aging process and flexibility to name but a few, but also minimise health issues as they get older.

It is said that when a cat reaches seven, it is a senior but when a cat is over twelve it is commonly known as geriatric. As a human you understand what this means for other humans, but a cat of this age requires some additional support and care.

Pay more attention to their diet, their access to water, continue with their regular dental routine, ensure they have regular exercise and don’t forget those twice-yearly veterinary health checks.

Quality of life

If your older cat has no underlying health issues but continues to eat a normal well-balanced diet, there is no desperate need to give additional supplements, however we know that in many cases it is an added bonus.

It is a good idea to rethink what foods you give them. Dry foods usually contain less levels of protein and fat and tend to be of lesser quality than wet foods. If they have been used to a dry food diet, gradually change their food, cats like all creatures take time to manage change.

Older cats find it hard to absorb nutrients and vitamins, especially if gastrointestinal issues are in play. Knowing your pet well is key to knowing their health conditions and this is of paramount importance at this stage in their lives. Natural supplements are the best option for your feline friend, get advice from your veterinary practitioner, or go online and read up about it. If unsure of health queries, there are good online sites to look into, one being Two Crazy Cat Ladies. This site gives you a very good health checker which then offers or suggests best natural options for continued wellbeing of your four-legged friend.

 

A new improved diet

Investigate adding antioxidants to their diet, as they play an important role in minimizing damage to cells and the immune system. Naturally occurring nutrients help maintain health by slowing the destructive oxidative process of cellular molecules. From joint pain to diabetes, to arthritis and inflammation, the benefits are for the most part outstanding. The difference soon after adding antioxidants to their diet can be astonishing, be prepared!

We have all heard of those essential fatty oils that are good for us, but guess what, they are good for our cats as well! They protect a cat’s immune system, their liver, brain, joints and eyes also.  Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids boosts heart health and helps fight high cholesterol, which your four-legged friend is also prone to as they age.

Always make sure there is adequate fresh water daily. Be mindful that if your senior or geriatric kitty is drinking more than usual, a visit to your veterinarian should be arranged as kidney disease is common in the older cat and increased drinking is a symptom.

 

Keep that body and mind active

Supplementing exercise and play into older age is a great way to keep those old bones working and those tired muscles in action. Remember when they were a kitten and they used to love to chase that ball! They do recall that, and will benefit from engaging with those silly games you used to play, but obviously, don’t overdo it!

Perhaps revisit the training you used to do, this will keep their mind sharp, as mental strength is just as important as they get older.

Aging felines do not manage their hair care well, this causes matting and could cause inflammation. Grooming your cat continues to be an important routine as they get older, it stimulates the thinning skin, as well as keeping those hair balls to a minimum!

And, please do not forget those most important routines, continued oral hygiene. There are many health related issues that raise their ugly head due to poor oral hygiene, even in the younger kitty. But, as your cat ages, it can cause additional and unwanted health problems for your cat. Raw meat bones can be offered to your cat at any age, as an alternative to cleaning their teeth. By doing so, it gives them a natural calcium and has many enzymes that are beneficial to them. This reduces tartar build up, which is good, and in older cats will continue to keep their jaws strong. Raw meat bones should at first be offered only when supervised, but it would be a natural item they would eat if living in the wild. But, never offer your cat cooked meat bones as they are dangerous as the bones splinter.

The home environment

They have lived with you for years, they are like part of the furniture, yes? Of course they are, but some changes in the home environment will make the senior cat more comfortable. Supplementing cosy new bedding will help those old bones enjoy a comfy night’s sleep. Food and water dishes may be changed to allow easier access to them. And do not forget that additional loving care and will give both you and your feline friend that much needed ongoing connection.

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