You remember the first time you met like it was yesterday, but lately you find yourself wondering if your cat has entered the golden years.
Here are some things to know about senior cats, including signs they’re aging and ways to alter their diets to keep them going strong.
Is my baby ... old?
A 12-year-old cat is equivalent to a 64-year-old human.
ran a marathon,
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Just like people, cats often show signs that they're getting older:
• Decreased activity
• Joint weakness
• A picky palate
• Confused by the internet
A complete and balanced diet is important, whether or not your cat has underlying health issues.
Choose wisely: IAMS™ Perfect Portions™ Optimal Metabolism Paté has complete and balanced nutrition.
We get it. Indoor cats have less opportunity to exercise than outdoor cats. Just don’t let those calories add up to unwanted pounds.
10 extra calories a day = up to 1 pound a year.
Switching to wet food can help manage your cat’s weight, because it fills cats up but has a lower calorie count than dry food.
Picky eating in older age often comes from a reduced ability to taste and smell. Cats 14 years and older are 15 times more likely to be too skinny.
So make sure you’re feeding your cat a food that’s high in calorie density and as tasty as possible.
Senior cats with heart disease may need a special veterinarian-prescribed food.
Senior cats with kidney issues may need veterinarian-prescribed food that's lower in potassium and protein.
Cats with diabetes may need to eat a special veterinarian-prescribed diet.
Consider adding dry food to your cat’s diet, like the crunchy kibble in IAMS™ Proactive Health™ Healthy Senior, which can help remove plaque buildup.
All adults cats, regardless of age, should be fed a carnivorous diet.
An animal-based protein should be the first ingredient on any cat food label.
Worry not. Real chicken is the first ingredient in IAMS™ Proactive Health™ Healthy Senior.
Good news: You don’t have to worry about providing additional supplements when you choose IAMS™. All foods are nutritionally complete and balanced.
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.
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.
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.
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.