Helping Your Senior Cat Live Their Best Life
Helping Your Senior Cat Live Their Best Life

Helping Your Senior Cat Live Their Best Life

No matter how much you want them to stay adorable kittens, every cat eventually grows up to become an adorable senior. In fact, thanks to improvements in medical care and nutrition, cats are now living longer and healthier lives than ever before.

But as they age, your cat’s needs can change. By staying aware of the common signs of aging in cats and making a few adjustments to help them stay comfortable, you can turn your cat’s older years into their golden years.


Signs of aging in senior cats

Every feline is unique, but cats are usually considered senior once they reach 7 years old. Your older cat isn’t going to start leaving the blinker on or hiking their pants up to their armpits, but there are signs that may indicate your cat is getting on in years.

Changes in weight

Older cats often eat less as their senses of smell and taste diminish. Sudden weight loss or gain could be a sign that something is off.

Low energy and listlessness

We all know cats love to sleep, but if yours is sleeping more than usual and doesn’t show the same interest in playing or other activities, it could indicate lower energy levels. Not being able to jump or climb to their favorite spots could be a sign of arthritis as well.

Dental concerns

It’s a good idea to check your older cat’s teeth more often, looking for any changes in appearance. If they’re pawing at their mouth or aren’t eating as much, it could mean something is amiss. If you suspect there’s an issue, consult your vet.



Enjoying your cat’s golden years together

With a few simple changes, you can keep your older cat happy and comfortable for many years to come — here’s how.

Serve a healthy diet

Your older cat probably won’t ask for the senior dinner discount at 4 p.m., but you should still make sure they’re eating food packed with nutritious, quality ingredients. IAMS™ PROACTIVE HEALTH™ Healthy Senior dry cat food has two times the antioxidants for healthy immunity vs. IAMS™ Healthy Adult™ and has real chicken as the first ingredient.

For wet food lovers, IAMS™ PERFECT PORTIONS™ Healthy Senior Chicken Recipe Wet Cat Food is perfectly balanced to maintain health, and it has vitamin E to support your senior cat’s immune system. Older cats love the easy-to-chew-and-digest texture, too. And you should always listen to your elders.

Regular grooming

It can be harder for older cats to groom themselves as thoroughly as before. You can lend a helping hand by giving them regular brushings. Make sure to keep their nails trimmed, too. It’s a great way to spend some extra quality time together.

Easier access

After years of leaping onto the kitchen counter when you weren’t looking, your senior kitty might have trouble getting to their favorite spots. You may want to place a ramp or folding steps near their favorite couch or bed so they don’t have to jump as much. Make sure they have easy access to their food and litter box, too. Adding a litter box on each floor of your house can help prevent accidents.

Routines are relaxing

Older cats are cute curmudgeons who love their routines, dagnabbit. The more you’re able to keep things consistent and predictable, the calmer and less frightened they’ll be.

Scheduled vet visits

One cat year is like four human years, so a lot can happen in that span, especially in older cats. More frequent vet exams can detect health issues before they become serious.

Warm love

Cats crave warmth. Make sure your grandcat has access to a number of sunny spots or heating vents to keep them toasty. Leave comfortable, warm blankets around your home for lounging, and consider bumping up the thermostat a degree or two for them — even though their favorite furnace will always be your lap.

Helping Your Senior Cat Live Their Best Life
Helping Your Senior Cat Live Their Best Life
Helping Your Senior Cat Live Their Best Life
Helping Your Senior Cat Live Their Best Life
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    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes

    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes

    Understanding and learning how to decipher kitten food product codes will help you choose the right kitten food. While selecting the right ingredients is important, making sure those ingredients are fresh is just as vital to your young cat. Learn how to read the product codes of kitten food packages and cans with our handy guide.



    What Is a Product Code?

    A product code is a series of numbers and letters printed on the outer package of each product a manufacturer produces. This code provides information about when and where the kitten food was made.

    As part of the product code, IAMS™ products include a “Best Used By” date, or the date at which the product is no longer considered fresh and should no longer be sold. This date is expressed in “ddmmyy” and “ddmmmyy” formats.

    The second line of the product code represents company internal information for use in traceability and inventory control.

    Line 1: (ddmmyy) (ddmmmyy)

    Example: 040220 04FEB20

    Line 2: 60351111## QQQQQQQ

    This product should be used before February 4, 2020.

    Depending on the production line, pouch products* may have code date information in a single or double line. By recognizing and understanding these codes, customers can make sure they are receiving a fresh product.



    What Is Shelf Life?

    Shelf life is the duration, measured in months, during which a properly stored kitten food product maintains its freshness. This means if a product has a 16-month shelf life, it is fresh for up to 16 months from the date of manufacture.

    The shelf life for IAMS dry kitten foods is 16 months. All canned formulas have a shelf life of 24 months.



    How to Properly Store Dry and Wet Kitten Food

    Unopened dry kitten food products are best stored off the floor in a cool, dry place. Open bags of kitten food should be stored in a clean, dry container with a tight seal. Dry kitten food products may also be frozen without loss of nutrients.

    Opened wet kitten food products are best kept refrigerated in tightly sealed containers for no more than three days after the container has been opened. Wet products should not be frozen in unopened cans. However, wet kitten foods can be frozen if removed from the container, packed in freezer containers and frozen immediately.

    *IAMS has no kitten pouch products at this time.

    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes
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    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes
    Understanding Kitten Food Product Codes
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