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Supplements For Old Cats

The nutritional needs for a cat can change as a cat ages. Many pet food and pet supply companies market supplements that are designed for senior cats. Before a cat owner purchases or gives a senior cat supplements, the cat owner should consult a veterinarian about the cat owner’s concerns. A veterinarian has access to research and has experience in caring for senior cats in the best way possible.

Other senior cat supplements target a specific need or medical condition that can be troublesome to senior cats. The cat owner should be skeptical of claims that seem to good to be true. The veterinarian is the best judge of whether or not a cat could benefit from supplements.

If a senior cat has a nutritious diet, the cat should not need supplements. However, if a cat has a recurrent problem, there may be a supplement that could help prevent recurrences. As cats age, many have problems with digestion. Some supplements for senior cats help promote digestion. A senior cat that experiences constipation should be encouraged to drink plenty of water.

Some supplements for senior cats claim to have the ability of prolonging a cat’s life.

Hairballs can be especially problematic for senior cats. Because of the slowing of the digestive process due to age, cat hair can accumulate in the stomach more than in younger cats. A senior cat may also have more problems passing hairballs normally. Some supplements are designed to reduce hairball problems by promoting the natural passing of hairballs.

Some senior cats develop arthritis. There are senior cat supplements that claim to help ease the pain or discomfort of arthritis. Other supplements are marketed to help cats that have developed thyroid conditions. A veterinarian can provide information on whether the supplements or any other treatment would be beneficial in treating cat diseases.

A cat owner should never give the cat a supplement without checking with the veterinarian first. Though many senior cat supplements may be ineffective, some supplements may be dangerous. If the cat is on a special diet or medication, a supplement could interfere with that treatment.