Life Stage Diets and Your Cat

Most cat food manufacturers produce a series of foods formulated to meet your cat’s nutritional needs during different life stages. Kitten food provides the amount of protein needed to support her developing brain and growing muscles. However, once your cat reaches about one year of age, kitten food has too many calories and can contribute to obesity in your adult cat. Thus you should switch to an adult formula food. This food is adequate for most of your cat’s life. However, once your cat starts showing signs of aging, consider giving your cat an mature or senior life stage food. There are other foods to support specific health issues such as hairball control, urinary tract management or weight control. Some of these foods are only available by prescription. When changing foods, do it gradually over about a week to reduce digestive tract issues. Contact your Washington DC vet to learn more. Or set an appointment at this link:


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