What are the dietary changes in older cats I should be concerned about?

Is it normal for an older cat to eat less than he used to when he was younger? And should his food be changed to make up for any loss of nutrients he may be getting from eating smaller less frequent portions? There are so many brands of cat food I am never sure if I am feeding him the best.

Asked by Irene

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Cats can definitely eat less as they age, because they usually need less energy. However, if your puss is losing weight or is eating very little, it would be a great idea to have them checked out by your vet for any underlying illness. Nutrition is very important in keeping senior cats healthy and even managing disease. However, there’s no one diet that suits every senior cat – the best food for your pet is the one they do best on. There are a number of diets specifically manufactured for senior felines. Most tend to be lower in energy, higher in fiber and have reduced sodium and phosphorus levels when compared to adult maintenance foods. Having said that, there are no specific recommendations from American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) for feeding older cats so a balanced adult maintenance food will do just as well. Your vet will be able to help with more specific feeding advice, particularly if your pet has a medical condition such as diabetes or kidney disease. | 11.05.15 @ 12:45
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