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Should You Worry About Your Older Cat Eating Less?

Monday, September 26, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

My cat Millie is 17 1/2 years old. She sleeps more and eats less than she did when she was younger. As your older cat’s metabolism slows down, they may eat less. I have given myself some guidelines to follow to give me peace of mind that she fine and eating enough. I give her a specific amount of dry food per day and a small amount of wet food. If she eats a consistent amount each day (I don’t expect her to finish everything) and eats her snacks at night, I feel confident that she is fine. She also poops every other day. If she’s doing this and her poop is normal and she’s drinking throughout the day then this further confirms that she is doing OK.

So look for consistency in your cats eating, drinking and bathroom habits.

“Askmycat.com” says this about this topic.

A senior cat’s metabolism slows down, and they spend more time inside and is less active. All of this might happen as a result of their increased weight.

Similarly, when ageing cats approach their senior years, a decrease in their appetite and sickness can influence their lifestyle and, in turn, their general health.

Your cat may eat less or more as it gets older, depending on its individual health. If a senior cat is in good health, it will require between 280 and 360 calories per day.

An elderly cat’s specific requirements are determined by their regular lean weight. Some elderly cats require more cat food than others, which may surprise you.

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