Nutrition of Aging Cats

Dottie Laflamme*, Danièlle Gunn-Moore

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

At least one-third of cats seen by veterinarians are mature, defined as 7years of age or older, and approximately 13% of cats are geriatric, defined as 12years of age or older. The article reviews physiologic differences between these life stages and relates the changes to nutritional needs. Geriatric cats have increased requirements for dietary energy and protein. Feeding management addresses what, when, how, and where food is provided. This article provides an update on diet-sensitive conditions, including cognitive dysfunction, diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, osteoarthritis, and hyperthyroidism. Although guidelines are provided, patients must be evaluated and fed according to their individual needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-774
Number of pages14
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Aging
  • Carbohydrates
  • Energy
  • Geriatric
  • Nutrition
  • Protein


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