How can I figure out the right supplements to give to my cat to keep him or her healthy?

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Working closely with your vet is the best way to determine which supplements are the right choices, in order to ensure your cat’s optimal health. There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration when determining the supplements from which your cat might benefit.

Consider your feline’s age. A younger cat might not need much in the way of supplements, especially with a well-balanced and healthy diet. However, as your cat ages, he will start to show the signs of joint stiffness and pain that accompany age. Offering supplements that can help with joint pain can keep activity levels up and also help to keep your cat from feeling the discomforts that are associated with aches and stiffness.

Consider the health of your cat’s coat. There are many supplements that contain beneficial oils that might help to keep your cat from developing itchy and dry skin. Especially during the winter months, cats can develop dry skin that can be very uncomfortable for them. Keeping them fed a steady diet of oil-rich foods and supplements will help to keep their skin healthy and their coats shiny.

A few other considerations are related to the types of foods that the cat is being fed. Some cat foods contain the beneficial greens that cats seem to almost crave, while other cat foods contain high levels of protein that cats require. If your cat cannot eat these types of foods for some reason, you may find that it is best to offer supplements that meet his nutritional needs.

Carefully review all of the ingredients on supplements and be sure to mention them to your vet so that you can ensure your cat’s good health well into the future.

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