Nutrition For Aging Cats
Aging cats normally experience more health problems than the young ones. a cat is considered aging before the age of 12 yrs, but it requires more attention, special care and certain food types after 7 yrs. The best one to check on the cat’s health and tell you which type of food is suitable and how to care of the cat is the veterinarian. The only thing you should naturally know is that cats kidneys and other organs get weaker and inefficient with aging, so don’t rely on dry foods and always introduce healthy soft meals, soups and fresh water.
Domestic cats will need vitamins more than others which live in the jungle. The wild cats get their water and nutrients from their prey, and sometimes they eat weeds or certain plant leaves which they sense their bodies desire. Such small bites of plant leaves every now and then give vitamins and keep the cats healthy.
To compensate the water and nutrients in case of domestic cats, control the amount of foods you cook together in the meals, to make a nutritious, balanced mix. For example, don’t cook meat only; instead, cook carrots, zucchinis, meat and oats. Or use rice and bread as alternatives for the oats. You can also add a spoon of olive oil or cod fish oil with a slight dash of salt.
A variety of foods that are cooked together is always the key for a healthy cat. And also using catnip or other plants that you see your cat bites of have interest in.
Some cats like fruits, but I say however fruits are of great benefit for us humans, it might not be the same for cats. For example, my own cats like dates while my sister’s cats like tomatoes, cantaloupe, mangoes and grapes! Cats are never supposed to be eating such foods. Dates are high in sugar content, so they harm the pancreas, mangoes and tomatoes are high in acids and minerals, so they harm the kidneys, and grapes can kill your cat if it eats a single grape or raisin!!!
So, what should you do if your cat craves certain fruit?
First of all, read on the internet and consult your vet before giving your cat the slightest amount. If your doctor says ok, give the least amounts you can, and not regularly or daily; maybe every week or twice a month is safe. The aging cats can not eat fruits for sure, so make sure to not harm your cat and follow the meals that the vet recommends.