Senior cats: nutritional adaptations and practical feeding considerations

Erica Moorhouse
Thursday, March 2, 2023

This article outlines the nutritional goals and adaptations required by cats more than 7 years of age, including nutrient modulation. The article discusses nursing interventions to help ensure optimal dietary intake and methods to help educate pet owners on nutrition for their senior cats, including practical tips on respecting feeding behaviours for cats in this life stage. It is vital to assess each cat as an individual, applying the most suitable nutritional adaptations, whether it be for a healthy senior cat, or one for whom a clinical diet may be more appropriate.

Figure 1. How to tell your cat's age in human years poster (International Cat Care, 2019).
Figure 1. How to tell your cat's age in human years poster (International Cat Care, 2019).

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