An age-specific diet supports your feline friend throughout their whole life. While kittens need caloric adjustments depending on how old they are, adults crave food that supports their individual health. Pet parents of senior cats should also look for a diet that helps them with keeping a healthy weight.

What kittens should eat

Since their bodies are still growing, kittens require a higher nutrient content in their food than adults or seniors. Their activity level is higher, which means they appreciate more calories. Once a kitten is weaned, it’s important to feed a high-quality food specifically made for kittens, in order to make sure your kitty grows up healthy. Young cats should also be fed often, three times a day until they are six months old is ideal. Afterwards, a slow decrease to two meals daily is fine.

What adult cats should eat

Once the cat reaches the age of 12 months, he or she no longer requires the high levels of minerals, protein, and energy needed as a growing kitten. It’s time to switch to a high-quality adult food, which uses easily digestible ingredients. Take a closer look at the nutritional claims on food packages, such as a statement explaining if the requirements of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) are met. To keep cats active, the American Veterinary Medical Association encourages pet parents to use puzzle feeders, to challenge the feline’s hunting instincts by switching up the location where a cat is fed, as well as to provide more than one water station in multi-cat households.

What older cats should eat

As the cat’s metabolism slows down, the quantities of the nutrients and the ways in which they are provided needs to change. To ensure proper nutrition for seniors, select a nutritionally balanced and complete diet specifically formulated for the senior age group.When it comes to mature cats, the three main concerns are obesity, weight loss and dental problems. When furry friends become less active, generally between the age of seven and nine, cats are at the highest risk for obesity. A lower-calorie diet becomes appropriate, but if she or he is already obese, work with your veterinarian on a meal plan. A veterinarian should also be consulted if senior pets show signs of dental problems (bad breath, not eating their food or difficulty in chewing) so they can resolve the issue for your cat.  Dental issues can be painful and need to be resolved.  The veterinarian may recommend a change from dry food to canned or semi-moist food. If you notice sudden weight loss, always consult with a veterinarian to find the underlying health issue