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Cat Nutrition by Life Stage

Not all cats are the same. Kittens have different nutritional requirements than adult cats, and the same can be said about cats with differing physical activity levels. 

It is understood that kittens have specific dietary needs to support their growth and development. A food that includes EPA and DHA (in Omega-3 and Omega-6) and research shows that Taurine (meat-enriched foods provide this naturally) promotes brain development and healthy eyes. High quality proteins support optimal muscle and bone growth and development, and fish/fish oils are great sources of Omega fatty acids to support a healthy skin and coat growth. They have more calories to help them meet their growth requirements. 

Once your kitten turns one year old, continuing a diet rich in animal protein and Omega fatty acids is integral. Transition them to an adult cat formula, because they could become overweight or obese if they continue to eat a diet meant for kittens, especially if they live a more sedentary lifestyle. If your cat is primarily an indoor cat, consider a diet that will help them maintain a proper weight. Try to rotate their diet as well; exposing them to different proteins, from poultry to red meat and fish, will help with fussy eaters and even decrease the chances of your cat developing an allergy or sensitivity.  

Mature and senior cats often have specific nutritional needs as well. Cats with mobility issues may benefit from a food that contains higher meat levels as that will provide glucosamine or increased Omega fatty acids through natural sources such as fish oil.  

As always, no matter the life stage, be sure that you are providing lots of fresh water and other means of hydration! We recommend that cats eat moisture enriched food. If you feed kibble consider adding moisture to it such as mixing in some canned food or even adding water.  

Choosing the best cat food for your pet will help keep her healthy, no matter whether she is young or young at heart. The staff at RuffMutts can help you navigate these life stages and ensure that you are getting the best possible food to help your cat live a long and healthy life. 

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