Dry Food for Senior Cats
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Help your senior cat get the nutrition she needs to thrive with complete and balanced dry senior cat food. Chewy has a great selection of dry food for older cats, including a wide array of different formulas and flavors. We have senior dry cat foods to suit every need, taste and health concern, so you should have no problem finding the perfect dry kibble for your older kitty.
Cats over 7 years of age are considered mature or senior, and these cats can benefit from life stage-specific cat food formulas. Cats in this age range may need more protein, higher fiber and lower calories than active adult cats, so a senior dry cat food that fits this profile may help your cat maintain a healthy weight. Many dry senior cat foods also contain added antioxidants for immune support or joint-supporting compounds like glucosamine.
Once cats reach 11 years of age, however, their energy requirements usually increase and preventing weight loss may become a priority. Feeding your kitty a senior dry cat food formulated for cats 11 years and up can help your cat stay healthy well into her golden years. These special senior cat food formulas are usually more calorie-dense and easier to digest, too. Some older cats may develop chronic conditions like kidney disease or diabetes, so your vet may recommend a special prescription senior dry cat food to help mitigate these issues.
Your vet is always the best source of information on what to feed your cat at any life stage. Talk to your vet about the best cat food to feed your senior cat and how often and how much to feed. Your vet may recommend a senior cat food in dry kibble form or a wet senior cat food for added hydration. You can also get hydration-boosting lickable senior cat treats to add moisture and extra vitamins to your cat's diet. Serve it all up in special cat food bowls and feeders can help with portion control and meal timing, or choose a high-tech smart feeder that can help you track how much your senior kitty is eating. Chewy has everything you need to feed your older cat like a pro. Shop our great selection of senior dry cat food and stock up on everything else you need for mealtime, too!
The benefits of feeding your senior cat dry food include convenience and affordability. Dry cat kibble can provide complete and balanced nutrition for older cats without the storage and serving challenges of canned food. Dry cat food does not need to be refrigerated, so you can feed more at once without worrying about spoilage. Choose a dry adult cat kibble or a dry food specially formulated for senior cats. Many senior cat parents enjoy the ease of dry cat food and will feed it on its own or in addition to wet cat food.
You should feed your senior cat enough dry food to meet his daily calorie requirements. Ideal amounts will vary depending on your cat's activity level, metabolic rate and the type of dry cat food you are feeding. Consult the feeding chart on your cat's food to determine how much to feed. You may need to adjust the amount you're feeding if you notice your cat is gaining or losing too much weight. Your vet can give you good guidance on how much food your senior cat needs and recommend the best dry senior cat foods.
Transition your senior cat to dry food gradually. Start by replacing 25% of his wet food with an appropriate amount of dry kibble. You can calculate the right amount of dry food to add by figuring out how much dry food your cat will need daily, and then dividing it by 4. Mix that amount thoroughly into your cat's wet food and serve. Increase the ratio of dry to wet food to 50% after two days, then graduate to a 75%-25% dry food/wet food mix by day 5 or so. By the end of the week, you should be able to switch to 100% dry kibble. Be sure to consult with your vet before transitioning your senior cat to dry food, especially if your cat has dental issues or a chronic health condition. Your vet can give you good dietary guidance and help with transitioning your senior cat to a new diet.
The ingredients you should look for in dry food for senior cats include real meats, healthy fat sources, vitamins and minerals, and taurine, which is essential for heart and eye health. Added probiotics, antioxidants and joint health supplements can be beneficial for senior cats, as well. Foods that are higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates are usually considered healthier for cats, so it is often a good idea to avoid senior cat foods with lots of starchy fillers. Heavily processed foods and artificial ingredients, flavors and colors may also be signs of a lower quality dry cat food, so look for mainly whole food ingredients you can recognize on the label. Your vet can help guide you on which cat food ingredients are best, and you can also use the helpful product search tools on our site to find foods that perfectly fit your preferences.