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Keep Your Aging Cat Feeling Young
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Keep Your Aging Cat Feeling Young

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Did you know that cats are considered senior citizens at the age of 11? But getting older doesn't mean that they have to lose their spark. 

Wendy Diamond, "Animal Fair" editor-in-chief and national television pet lifestyle contributor, has some great tips for making your favorite feline's twilight years golden ones. 

Assess Your Cat's Age 

Wendy has partnered with Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., makers of Science Diet brand pet food, to find out how old cats really feel with the CatAge Quiz created in partnership with RealAge. Visit www.HillsPet.com/DefyAge to assess your cat's true age and then start focusing on how to work against the clock and keep your cat feeling young and healthy. 

Keep Feline Minds Active 

Aging commonly impacts cognitive function. Older cats may become bored or disinterested in activity, so it's imperative to keep their minds active and engaged in order to stave off the trappings of old age — like senility or depression. Incorporating exploration and problem solving into your cat's daily routine will keep your cats intellect as sharp as their claws.   

Adjust an Aging Cat's Nutritional Plan 

Older cats have delicate digestive systems, and their ability to extract nutrition from their food begins to diminish. Pet parents need to make sure that the food that their aging feline consumes is composed of quality ingredients bursting with nutrition. Diamond recommends Hill's Science Diet Senior 11+ Age Defying cat food. The formula of antioxidants and omega 6 fatty acids, alongside wholesome ingredients, address the four signs of aging thereby increasing interactivity, playfulness, mobility and agility and decreasing litterbox accidents in just 30 days. The special formula includes fish oil for healthy brain function, L-carnitine to support lean muscles and agility, controlled levels of phosphorus and other minerals for bladder health and amino acids to maintain healthy organs. 

Visit Your Vet 

This may seem like obvious advice, but frequent trips to the veterinarian's office can keep your cat feeling young and vibrant. Many people attribute behavioral changes in older cats exclusively to the aging process; and while some elderly cats will naturally slow down, this isn't always the case. Always consult a medical professional when your cat acts odd and never assume that new, altered or strange behavior is something that a pet parent can turn a blind eye towards. By staying on top of your cat's health you are infinitely more likely to catch a potential problem before your cat has the worst of it. 

Increase Agility 

Consider how you can rearrange your home to suit your cat's needs. Place ramps leading to your cat's favorite places and treat your cat to a daily massage to stimulate healthy musculature without putting too much pressure on their paws. This gentle approach to feline fitness will leave your cat agile and amiable — plus, it makes for excellent quality time. Learn more about taking care of your senior cat at www.HillsPet.com/DefyAge

— Family Features

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