Life Stage Diets and Your Cat
Most cat food manufacturers offer a variety of foods to meet your cat’s nutritional needs throughout her lifetime. Kitten food offers additional protein and calories to support your cat’s developing brain and growing muscles and bones. However, by the time your cat reaches one year of age, this kitten food could contribute to obesity because of those extra calories. You will need to switch your cat to an adult-formula cat food. Your cat can eat this food for many years but consider feeding her mature or senior food when she shows signs of aging. There are other foods that help manage particular health issues such as weight control, urinary tract management, or hairball prevention. Some of these specialized foods may be only available by prescription. Switch foods gradually by mixing the new food with your cat’s old food over about a week’s time to avoid digestive issues. Learn more from your Dunn, NC veterinary clinic.