Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Special Diet for Aging Cats #HillsPet

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Did you know even though I'm the bird lady, that I still love cats too? That's probably completely unheard of, but this is my sweet little baby, Milo. Please forgive the picture; it's the only one I have left.

It's actually a funny story how I ended up having him too. My mom started feeding a stray that kept coming to our porch and she ended up having a litter of kittens right there! But she left one behind when she moved them all to another location. And that one was Milo and it was because he was a the runt. So until he could do everything on his own, my parents had to bottle feed him and even help him use the bathroom. And once he grew up, he wasn't a runt anymore! He could reach up to you and give you a huge around your waist he was so tall!

Do you know how old Milo is now? He's twelve but I don't get to see him anymore. When I moved to a new house when I was a teenager, my parents decided that they didn't want cats anymore so they took all four of the ones we had and dropped them off at the pound. Personally I think this was extremely cruel of them to do and I even hid Milo in my closet so they couldn't take him, but eventually they found him anyways.

Milo does have a good home though and he's doing just fine still. But now he's considered a senior cat instead of just a baby like I remember him. Cats age 7-10 are considered mature cats and cats age 11+ are senior cats. But just because they grow out of that crazy kitten stage, doesn't mean they still don't need special care.

The best thing for a senior cat is to maintain or improve the quality of life and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as dental, heart, and kidney. And you also want to help your cats still feel young too and want to play. Now you can make a difference in your cat’s quality of life with Hill’s Science Diet® healthy aging formulas.


Hills Science Diet Active Longevity

Cats over the age of 7 need to have their phosphorus levels and other vital nutrients controlled to reduce kidney stress. They need a reduction in their sodium intake and  their urine pH also needs to support a healthy urinary tract. Once cats hit this age, urinary tract infections and stones can happen and even take a life. For the age of 7-10, Hills recommends their Active Longevity. 






Hills Science Diet Age Defying

Made for cats over 11 years old, Hills Science Diet Age Defying can actually help slow down the aging process and make your older cat feel young again with their special blend of nutrients.





Every cat is completely different and that's why Hills Science Diet has so many foods you can choose from. So make sure to take your cats age into factor the next time you're buying them food.

Do you have an older cat? Do you feed them a special blend of food made just for their age group?

30 comments:

A. Beniot said...

Because I am an animal rehabber have 11 cats that makes it hard to feed them separately.

Wendy said...

We've always had cats, but they're outside cats we keep as mousers. My husband wants to get some now (we just moved) but our road is too busy. I'm afraid they'd end up getting hit! Once the kids are bigger, we might get an indoor cat and I'll definitely choose the best food I can for their age!

Adora Tan said...

"senior cats" is possibly the funniest thing I've heard all day! A food to prolong the life of a cat; how interesting!

#gingerbreadmum (from UBC!) stopping by to say hi. Go UBC go!

Vanessa Terrell said...

Good information for people with cats...I guess. I don't have one.

Joanne Kaminski said...

I have always been a cat lover. Then about 4 years ago I found out that I am allergic to cats. I was very sad. My cat died the day before I found out about my allergy. This was a gift from God, because the decision of what I would need to do with this new information may have been hard for me to deal with.

sweetsavant said...

We have two cats in our home, so it's good to know that there is a brand that has aging cats in mind

tara pittman said...

have no cats but this is info to pass on to friends

Lisa said...

I had no idea there was different cat food for different ages.

Heidi Bee said...

OUr neighbor started feeding a stray ad it had kittens and now we get to watch 5 black kittens play in our yard-just in time for Halloween!

Jamie Tomkins said...

Great post!! I sure wish I wasn't allergic to kitties!! :(

Shauna Torres said...

awe... totally love your little Milo!!! I love that companies have realized that animals have special needs too... Thanks for the post

Melissa said...

It's so nice to know that there are special foods for every stage of your cat's life!

Melissa P Vosburgh said...

Hill's is a great food, our shelter gives a bag to everyone who adopts.

Malia said...

We had a cat as a family pet who lived to be over 20! I had no idea they are considered seniors over 11 years. She lived a very long life!

Jen B said...

I have one senior cat and I know that he probably needs to be eating a better food these days!

Ruth Zankich said...

I am not a cat person myself, but I will send the info to my MILK

evilisa said...

This is great! We have a 17-year-old cat who loves variety. Thanks!

evilisa said...

This is great - we've got a 17-year-old cat who loves his variety. Thanks~

Ave T said...

I'm more of a dog person, but my husband loves cats.

Have Kids Will Coupon said...

I have two cats and want them to live a long, happy life!

Laurie said...

Following a good diet is very important for our animals.....love Science Diet food for my cat!!

Melanie said...

Great post... I don't have cats but our dogs only get Science Diet.. we've been feeding it for years and can quickly see a difference if they get a different food (like at boarding); the dogs also prefer Science Diet and always dump out the other brands.. Yeah my babies are spoiled...Loved your cat pictures.. they are too cute..

Mariana said...

I'm sorry about your Milo! That's so sad. My kids love cats and I'm thinking of adopting one sometime soon.

Jaredamy said...

I do not have any cats, but I think it is nice that this company is tailoring their product to older felines.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I've long heard that this brand is really, really good. It's nice to know that our senior kitties will be well taken care of.

That Bald Chick said...

We had to rehome our cat after my son was born, but he required a special diet, too.

Janeane Davis said...

Often, people do not realize how important it is to give their pets food specifically made for pets. I notice my pets do much better when they are kept away from people food and given the proper diet

Robyn Good said...

I have three cats and one is older, so this is great advice!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

I am so sorry that your kitties got dropped off at the pound but I am really glad to hear that Milo has a good home.

Jordyn C said...

We have 2 cats that are older, we have to be very careful about what we feed them to keep them from getting sick.



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