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The cat’s meow: Best cat food for elderly cats and caring for your pet at home

The cat’s meow: Best cat food for elderly cats and caring for your pet at home

Some cats purr and some cats meow, but all cats need the correct nutrition. Finding the best cat food can be tricky, especially finding the right senior cat food – that’s where we come in. We discuss cat diet advice and provide simple solutions to see your cat cared for like the king/queen they are, particularly in their later years.

Cutting to the chase… The best cat food for older cats

With all the cat food brands claiming to be the best, how do we decipher which brands to trust? Cat food advice rule number 1: always, and we mean always, read the label. Shockingly, we’ve found that many food brands (including the big names in the industry, which we won’t mention) promote recipes which contain the most common allergens, artificial ingredients and other nasty stuff. For more information on the ingredients which you should be avoiding, click here and scroll down to our ‘red flag’ ingredients.

Ok, so enough of what not to feed your senior cat to what food we recommend. The best cat food should not only be void of harmful ingredients but should include a wealth of the good stuff.

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What is the good stuff?

The good stuff is all of the ingredients which contribute towards providing your cat with the healthiest cat diet possible. The formulation of cat diet should therefore be:

High in protein content

Protein is essential within a cat’s diet. Did you know that cats actually require more protein than dogs? I know. That’s because cats require protein for energy – of course this does not mean that your cats diet should be 100% meat. In fact, recipes should never exceed roughly 50% meat/protein content.

Full of nutrients

By nutrients, we are mainly referring to amino acids, vitamins & minerals. Cats can’t naturally produce all of the essential amino acids naturally, and therefore providing recipes which include these amino acids is key. Likewise, there are certain vitamins & minerals which your cat will only be exposed to through their food. There vitamins & minerals are so important in developing your cats immune system, vital organs and general health.

Highly digestible

Good digestion, particularly within older cats, is intrinsic. Many senior cats suffer from a sensitive stomach and digestive problems, therefore we recommend opting for ‘natural’ or ‘hypoallergenic’ cat biscuits for sensitive stomachs. The best hypoallergenic cat food again, can be tricky to come by so shop around for the best cat food online.

Full of fibre

Another common problem which elderly cats may experience is carrying excess weight – that’s why this point is particularly important for senior cats. Best cat foods that are high in fibre will not only help your cat go to the toilet, but also contribute towards making your cat feel fuller and in turn, assist in weight management. Whilst you can get fibre supplements, it is much better to introduce fibre naturally through a dry cat food.

Parcelpet’s recommendation

Drum roll please… Dry food comes on top. Why? The best dried cat food will contain all of the above conveniently packed into small kibbles. Not only is this ensuring that your cat is receiving the correct nutrition – but it’s handy for us pet owners too.

In addition to this, we believe that there is no need for cat owners to purchase cat food specifically designed for elderly cats. Age affects humans differently and it’s exactly the same with cats, therefore it is much more effective to feed your cat a healthy diet over one that is ‘catered’ to a certain age of pet. Eating well is at the front and foremost of elderly cat nutrition.

However, we do understand that many cat owners may be apprehensive to make the switch to dry premium cat food, particularly if their cats have only ever eaten wet/raw diets. That’s why we like to provide our customers with a trial journey! This means you don’t have to commit to too much straight away and allows you to do that oh so important nose turn test at home.

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Caring for your cat at home

Frequent V-E-T visits

As much as they may hate it, frequently visiting the vet means that your cat’s health and potential illnesses are being monitored at all times. This also means that your vet can make diet recommendations specific to your cat’s health, weight, breed etc.

Environmental considerations

The environment which you are caring for your cat in is an easy oversight. You want to stimulate your cat mentally whilst providing a calm and relaxing environment. That’s why toys are still so important within this life stage, as they can provide vital exercise and brain stimulation without altering their living environment.

The environment itself should be in line with what you would consider to be relaxing. Relatively quiet and naturally lit rooms will avoid any anxieties your cat may experience, again assisting in general health.

Grooming

Another one that your cat might not thank you for, but grooming, particularly the teeth, is really important for older cats. In particular, you want to keep an eye on your cat’s teeth and keep their dental health and hygiene as good as possible (opting for a biscuit based dry food may help with this).

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So, to recap, we’ve established what are the best cat foods (dry, hypoallergenic) and how you can care for your cat home from mouse toys to snoozing by candle light – so get started today and get your cat living life to the fullest!

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