Mid-life stage for cats starts much earlier than many cat owners may
GUELPH, ON, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - While humans age visibly throughout
their lives, cats typically do not begin to show visible signs of aging
until well into maturity. By the age of seven though, a cat enters its
mid-life stage — a critical timeframe for preventing diseases to help a
cat age gracefully.
"Different aged adult cats may essentially look the same on the outside,
but around seven years old a lot of changes start happening that may
not be noticeable," says Dr. Sara Ritzie, Veterinarian and Manager of
Scientific Communications at Royal Canin Canada. "The differences
between a young kitten and a one-year-old cat are obvious, but the
invisible and subtle differences that occur as cats progress through
adulthood are just as important. The mid-life stage starts much earlier
than many people may expect."
Cats exhibit three very distinct levels of aging as they mature.
Invisible symptoms of the slow aging process in cats actually begin as
early as seven years old, as cells age and energy needs decrease.
Accelerated visible symptoms begin to take shape during the mid-life
stage and can include joint sensitivities and fur changes, such as
dandruff, decreased grooming and greasy coat.
At the second stage of aging, kidney disease becomes more prevalent,
affecting nearly 33 per cent of cats over 12 years old. At this stage
other diseases start to manifest but may not be visible until much
later in life, including cognitive disorders in 28 to 50 per cent of
cats, and joint sensitivities that affect nearly 90 per cent of the cat
"It is critical to look at preventative options at the mid-life stage
for cats to prevent these diseases and typical signs of aging from
taking hold early," says Dr. Ritzie. "Like for humans, nutrition plays
a key role in helping cats maintain a healthy lifestyle as they mature
with the right combination of nutrients for each stage of life."
Look for a food formulation that provides specific nutrients for each
stage of maturity:
Vitamins E and C - Adult cats require antioxidants, such as vitamins E
and C to protect against cell damage that occurs naturally due to
environmental factors, injuries and illness, and day-to-day activities.
Antioxidants - When a cat reaches age seven, antioxidant needs increase.
Adding lutein and taurine provides a broader spectrum of protection
against free-radical damage that can cause disease.
Lycopene - Cats aged 12 and over exhibit the highest amount of
free-radical production and benefit from potent antioxidant protection
from super-nutrients like lycopene. Because kidney disease is so
common in aging cats, a decreased phosphorous level is also important
to help support renal function in older felines.
"These nutrients are important building blocks to help your cat age
gracefully," says Dr. Ritzie. "Our Aging Feline products are designed
for each stage of a cat's maturity for just that reason."
For more information about the role of nutrition in prolonging the
health of your aging cat, talk with a pet specialty retailer or visit www.RoyalCanin.ca.
Royal Canin is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of high quality, specialized
dog and cat foods in the veterinary, pet specialty and breeder
channels. Its headquarters are in France, 12 production operations
exist in 10 countries around the world, including the Canadian plant
based in Guelph, Ontario.
SOURCE: Royal Canin
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