When should I switch from adult to senior food for my older cat?

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As cats age, their nutritional needs will drastically change. Senior cats will have vastly different nutritional needs than kittens. When cats reach seven or eight, they are considered to be senior cats, even if they are in excellent health and still act very much like a kitten.

With good veterinary care, your cat can stave off the signs of aging for many years to come. You can help by switching your cat to a senior food between seven and eight years of age. This will help to ensure the cat’s weight remains at a healthy number and that he doesn’t start to develop the early signs of arthritis.

There are some clear signs that your cat is approaching a senior period of life, including:

  • A decrease in activity
  • Less time spent interacting with the family
  • An increase in the amount of time spent sleeping
  • Occasional confusion
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Changes in appetite or thirst
  • Stiffness
  • Apparent vision or hearing loss
  • A change in litter box habits
  • Dental problems
  • Ear infections

Senior food can help to keep your cat in good health. When combined with consistent veterinary care, good dental care, and age-appropriate exercise, your cat should be around for many more years to come.

Be sure that you always discuss any changes in your cat’s behavior or weight with your vet so that you can rule out potential problems; these issues should be addressed before switching your cat’s food type.

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