Monday, October 14, 2013

Helping Your Senior Cat Age Well with #HillsPet

This post is sponsored. 

What is the average age of cats? These days, cats are living well into their 'teens. Sometimes, they can even live to 20 or older! Ever wondered what age your cat becomes classified as a geriatric cat or senior cat?

Cats that are 7-10 years old are considered mature adults. Cats that are 11 years or older are considered seniors. Just because a cat is a senior does not mean that they are an old cat who is unhealthy. And there are many ways cat parents can help their senior kitties live a long and healthy life. Regular veterinary visits, lots of play and exercise, and of course - an appropriately formulated diet.

Helping Your Senior Cat Age Well
Image courtesy of Hill's Pet Nutrition

When you feed a well-balanced senior cat diet, you're helping your cat fight the signs of aging. You want to choose a diet that can maintain or improve your cat's quality of life. Sometimes, cats get sick with chronic diseases like dental, kidney, and heart disease. A good senior cat diet can help to reduce the risk of these chronic diseases.


Feeding Your Mature Adult Cat

When your cat reaches age 7 and becomes a "mature adult" their nutritional needs change. At this age, your cat should have controlled amounts of nutrients to help reduce stress on their kidneys. A proper diet for your mature adult cat can also ensure that their urine has a good pH balance for a healthy urinary tract.

That's why it's important to feed a diet that meets your aging cat's needs. Hill's Science Diet has a formula specially made for mature adult cats. Hill's Science Diet Mature Adult Active Longevity comes in 3 different formulas - Original, Hairball Control, and Indoor.

Honey Delite is a mature adult cat. 

By choosing to feed Hill's Science Diet Active Longevity, you can help to maintain your cat's health. This way, they can tackle their senior years as healthy as possible. 

Helping Your Senior Cat Feel Young Again

When you cat reaches age 11, they are officially seniors. That certainly doesn't mean that they have to act like a typical old cat. By feeding a senior cat food that is precisely balanced, your cat can feel young again. It's important that your cat not eat too many nutrients that are unhealthy for them as they become seniors. For senior cats aged 11+, Hill's Science Diet offers their Age Defying formula. 

Kitty Kitty Meow Meow lived past 11 years old, making her a senior cat. 

Are you ready to experience your old cat as a young kitty again? After feeding a healthy senior cat food, you may notice that your cat wants to play more, has better agility, has less accidents inside, and sleeps less. Help your senior cat age well and the two of you can live together for many happy years to come!



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet for Cats, but Pawsitively Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

19 comments:

  1. Have a marvellous Monday Ann.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Great info......Sammy's VERY VERY picky about his food and it took me a very long time to find anything he'd eat......we may give Hill's a try again though. At 13/almost 14 he's a senior of course but I want him to be with us for MANY more years and the healthier his diet the more of a chance he has for a MUCH longer life!

    Pam

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  3. This is great to know. We now have two senior cats so we are trying to make sure they stay healthy.

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  4. That was really good info and I am not looking forward to being a senior, I hear it is not much fun.

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    1. Hey Brian, I'm sure it's not too bad :)

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  5. Good information. I have tried some of that Hills Science diet and most of mine wouldn't eat it. But I might try it again on some of my older cats. Thanks for the info.

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  6. Great post and good information.

    Sheba.

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  7. Our very senior cats are on hills and it is really helping them. Lee and Phod's Lady

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  8. I'm not a senior yettttttt! But M & D have me on Science Diet's special diet plan cuz I'm too fat. I have about 2 pounds to lose. I've been on the diet 2 weeks and am starving. It kills M because I sit sometimes a half a day and stare at my empty kibble dish! M says she's using tough love on me cuz she wants me to stay healthy.

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    1. Aw poor Mario! I've never had to go on a diet before, but I'm sure it's not easy. Good luck to you and hope you can reach your goal!

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  9. We do have Hills here in the UK and I tried it on Austin for a while, but he is so picky, I found I just had to give him what he wanted to eat. I try to give him more soft food than kibble. Might try Hills again now he is almost seven!!

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  10. We do believe the best foods help kitties live longer. We've have one who lived to 18, another to 17 1/2 and he never had a sick day. Currently we have two 16 year olds who don't act their age, and have never been sick, and the vet says they are in such good shape they could live into their 20s.

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    1. That would be pawsome to see them live into their 20s! Sounds like you take great care of them :)

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  11. Well, we are against any dry but agree with being aware of older cats needs.
    Our Buddy is an elder and seems to be getting quite into it.
    We draw the line at his request for a cruise for oldsters
    Timmy

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    1. Oh you kitties are lucky to be getting all those delicious wet noms. Wet food is awesome and good for you too. I think that an oldsters cruise sounds like a fun time ;)

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  12. Good info. Of course my kitty will only eat one kind of food...lol.

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    1. Yea I remember reading your post about that! lol

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