Senior Cat Supplements

Cat supplements become necessary when the pet needs to recover from a health condition or reaches old age and health problems need to be kept at bay.  She might still be in good health for a long time if she is well cared for, so discuss with your veterinarian whether supplements can help.

When Should Be Senior Cat Supplements Considered

Just as in humans, old age in cats brings along conditions and disease which make life more difficult. A senior cat needs more care and attention and a special nutrition as well.

A cat is considered senior when she has reached 7 years of age. Still, if her health is good, your veterinarian might decide that supplements are not needed. Monitor her health and her weight and ask for a consult if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Excessive weight gain
  • Stiff joints, joint pain
  • Dull hair and loss of hair
  • Digestion disorders

Senior Supplements Benefits

As they grow old, cats become more sedentary, so they can gain weight, which puts a lot more stress on the joints and inner organs. The extra weight can also cause diabetes, heart disease or hypertension.

Also, cats grow tired more easily and are more sensitive to stress.

Some cats can lose appetite and weight, which can lead to a number of health issues.

Discussing with your veterinarian in time and choosing the right diet for your cat at this stage of her life will keep your cat in good shape for a long time.

Supplements for Senior Felines

Senior cats may benefit of a number of supplements.

Arthritis can be managed with glucosamine with chondoitin sulfate. As the essential component of cartilages is glucosamine, this supplement can boost joint function and even reverse effects of ageing on the cat's joints. The same supplement is effective in improving dysplasia.

Vitamin C and bromelain can also improve the symptoms arthritis.

Digestive disorders can be reduced with probiotics. These supplements contain Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus, benefic bacteria, which already exist in the digestive tract and their role is to ease digestion and intestinal transit.

Many chronic diseases develop due to the free radicals in the body. Adding antioxidants to the cat's diet can help reduce these and the risks of heart disease, cancer or cataracts. Usually, healthy cats absorb enough antioxidants from their diet, but in older cats the absorption of antioxidants will diminish.

Some supplements can enhance the cat's immune system, which becomes less efficient due to ageing.

Omega 3 fatty acids can be beneficial for vision, joint health and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Can Supplements Harm Your Cat?

As supplements are normally not necessary to a cat that has a balanced diet, you should always consult your veterinarian about supplements you think are needed. 

Some supplements might be harmful for your cat due to certain health conditions and they can also interfere with the pet’s medication.