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Thought you knew everything about cats? Think again! Here is the first in a series where we will be going through cat’s life stages and what they would need during in each stage.
Generally owners think that there are only 3 life stages in cats but in fact there are 6:
Kitten: 0-6 months
Junior: 6 months – 2 years
Prime: 3-6 years
Mature: 7-10 years
Senior: 11-14 years
Geriatric: 15 years and over
We will be talking about each of them more in great detail but here is an initial summery. It is important to meet each life stages dietary requirements: For example your kitten needs to grow healthy and strong as they have a higher nutritional demand compared to adult cats.
Your junior cat at this stage can very easily become overweight so controlling their energy intake is important. A prime cat you need to start thinking about problems they may start to encounter at this stage such as dental problems, obesity and cystitis.
Mature cats may face an increased risk of problems such as diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperthyroidism and obesity. Obesity tends to peak in cats around this stage.
Your senior cat has the same health concerns as the mature life stage but also has arthritis, dehydration, constipation, senile dementia and poor coat quality concerns to worry about. Their sense of smell may decline although certain foods may not be able to help with this, speak to your vet regarding supplements.
Geriatric cats is human years is the equivalent age to a mid 70’s onwards. Their sense of taste and smell may reduce, leading to a loss of appetite and change in food preference. Their gut function may also decline, so a highly digestible and calorific diet is necessary. Constipation, dehydration, diminished bone and cartilage qualify mean painful and stiff joints. This will reduce mobility, muscle wastage and weakness.
If you would like more information on what food would be best for your pet and changes you need to make for each life stage please make a FREE appointment with one of our Registered Nurses.
Nicola Aston-Ranger RVN MBVNA
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