Illness in older cats

Cats age at different rates depending on their lifestyle and environment. However, cats generally enter older age at around 7 years. So how can you ensure your mature cat stays healthy?

From around the age of 7, your cat is considered a mature cat. It might be difficult to imagine she’s getting older, but being aware of common illnesses can help you ensure she stays healthy by choosing the right food for her needs.

Mature cats tend to be less physically active. As your cat ages, she could suffer from arthritis, making her less lively. Being less active may also cause weight gain, which can lead to inflamed joints, further reducing mobility, and making the situation worse.

Ageing also causes natural physiological changes in her body that can slow down her metabolism. These changes, along with weight gain, may predispose her organs to weakness, such as heart problems.

Why do mature cats need different food?

Cats become less active as they age, and tend to sleep and stay indoors more. Their nutritional needs change because they require fewer calories, but also because they need adapted nutrient levels to help support their immune system. So choosing a specific senior cat food is essential. Purina ONE® Senior 7+ contains 24 vitamins and minerals to help support their vital functions, and is enriched with vitamins E and C to help protect kidneys from oxidative damage. This dedicated senior food helps promote healthy bones thanks to calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. The high levels of proteins also help maintain lean body mass and reduce stress on joints by keeping her a healthy weight.

Arthritis is estimated to affect as many as 60 - 90% of mature cats. Make her feel more comfortable with softer, cushioned bedding, and ensure her food and water is easily accessible.
Keep her active. Engaging your cat in play is important at any age. Playtime will keep her stimulated, and support healthy joints and weight control.