We’ve just completed our second week of the Cats Aging Gracefully campaign in our quest to find the best dry cat food for mature cats. If you recall from Week 1, our “mature” cat Ally had a big problem with shedding plus she has lost a lot of her energy over the past few years. The veterinarian suggested trying the Royal Canin Hair & Skin 33 formula and within the first week we already saw a significant decrease in the amount of hair she was shedding. Over this past week we’ve noticed even more changes as a result of her new diet.
Ally has been a part of our family since she was a kitten so we’ve seen the changes in her mood and energy level over the years. She was an energetic kitten always looking for something to play with but over the years she’s become a couch potato. Instead of playing with her younger brother, Iggy, she preferred laying on the couch and suntanning by the patio window.
Since changing to the Royal Canin formula, we’ve noticed that she has more energy and she is alert more during the day. She has a little of her kitten personality back (although she can’t jump like she used to) and wants to play with cat toys, feathers and her little brother.
Interest in Eating:
Before switching to this new formulation, Ally didn’t really have an interest in eating. When we filled the food bowls, she’d take her time to get downstairs and wouldn’t be too interested in what she found in her dish. Her brother had always been the more aggressive one when it came to mealtime. Oh, how the tables have turned! Ally now races downstairs for mealtime and she’s quick to push her brother out of the way before he gobbles up all of the food. Check out the picture of Iggy below – he now politely waits his turn while Ally gobbles down her food. They each have their own dish but for some reason they always have their faces in the same bowl!
Decrease in Shedding:
We’re happy to report that Ally is shedding a lot less. This is a huge relief! I was starting to get worried that I may be developing an allergy to her because her shedding problem was so bad. Now she can sit on my lap again without me constantly sneezing!
Best Dry Cat Food for Mature Cats:
Depending on the health concerns you have with your mature cat, a veterinarian can help you to choose the best dry food for your furry family member. There are many different formulations to try and a veterinarian can assist you with a few trials until you find the formulation that is right for your mature cat.
You can follow our conversations on Twitter by joining the hashtag #CatsAgingGracefully and you can learn more about the options for the best dry cat food for mature cats here. Have a health-related question about your mature cat? Let us know about it in the comments below and we’ll see if we can track down an answer for you.
*Disclosure: I am part of the Cats Aging Gracefully campaign and receive perks as part of my involvement. All opinions expressed here are my own.