Do Older Cats Eat More?
Your cat’s appetite will actually naturally decrease a little as they get older. Cats Protection recommends that owners “provide smaller meals, little and often.” As this will help encourage your cat to keep eating. Always make sure fresh, clean water is available too, particularly when feeding a dry cat food.
We always recommend that you regularly check your cat’s weight and body condition throughout their life. The PFMA has a handy Pet Size-O-Meter which is a great guide as to the correct body condition of your cat. In addition to this, you’ll be able to find a feeding guide, based on the weight of your cat, on the back of every pack of Burgess Cat food.
Why Is My Senior Cat So Skinny?
Though cats may naturally eat less as they age, a continuous decrease in weight could be a sign of an underlying health condition. Senior cats are prone to a number of health conditions, including:
Hyperthyroidism – An over-activity of the thyroid glands, which causes your cat to burn calories at a faster rate than normal, and become hyperactive, thus resulting in weight loss.
Kidney disease – The earlier this condition is picked up, the better. Typically, vets will see hyperthyroidism and kidney disease at the same time, and the symptoms are similar. Cats with kidney disease and/or hyperthyroidism typically drink and urinate more, and lose weight.
Dental problems – older cats have an increased risk of dental problems, which can affect their ability to chew and eat.
If you are concerned about your cat’s weight, then you should seek advice from your vet immediately.