Life Stage Foods and Your Cat
Most cat food manufacturers offer a line of foods to meet your cat’s nutritional needs at each stage of her life. These foods are offered in both cat kibble and wet meat types of food. Kitten food has the extra protein to support your cat’s developing brain and growing muscles and bones. However, when your cat reaches about one year of age, this kitten food provides too many calories and can contribute to obesity. Thus you will need to switch to an adult cat food that you can feed her for most of her life. When your cat starts showing signs of aging, consider switching to a mature or senior formula food. There are other foods that help manage specific health conditions such as weight control, urinary tract health, or hairball control. Some foods are only available by prescription. Switch foods gradually to avoid digestive issues. Learn more from your Chesapeake, VA veterinary clinic.