Getting old isn't fun for anyone and it just sneaks up on you, even when you are a cat!
We are a two cat family, one of our cats is a young lively thing named Sundae and the other cat is our old spunky lady named Sophie. Sophie is 12 years old and still shows us her sass and class every day. We know she is getting older which means she needs a little extra care in her older age.
Taking care of our furbabies has always been one of our priorities; they are each a member of our family. Sophie does surprise us as most days she does not act like a senior cat. Like I said, she is full of sass and spunk but that doesn't mean we should dismiss the extra care her little body needs.
Since adopting our first cat, Pun-kin, we have always been a Hill's® Science Diet® using cat family. Recently, we were given the opportunity to try the NEW Hill's® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality for Sophie. I was really excited to have Sophie give this a try because I want to make sure that as she continues to grow older she is getting the nutrition needed for her age.
Confession from this furmom - we were feeding Sophie and Sundae the same exact food. Sophie is ten years older than Sundae, that is a huge difference. From what I have learned from Hill's® is that Sophie should have been on this aging pet food option for the last 5 years! I am not alone however, nearly half of pet parents don't feed their 7+ pets food appropriate for an aging pet.
About Hill's® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality:
- Complete nutrition for cats aged 7+
- Supports brain function
- Supports kidneys & bladder
- Supports a healthy digestive system
- Promotes luxurious fur
- Promotes energy and vitality
- Cat friendly Chicken and Rice dry recipe
- Tasty canned options in Chicken, Tuna and Salmon
We slowly switched Miss Sophie over to this food and after 8 weeks we noticed some great changes in our old lady. Now, to be honest, we had not see the age related changes that this specific food supports but now that we are two months into the food change I believe were missing those signs.
Signs of Aging in Cats:
Thinking: You cat might be confused by ordinary things like finding her bed or food.
Activity: Less playful and more naps on her daily schedule.
Interactions: Your pet doesn't socialize with you as much.
Loss of Control: Those dreaded litter box accidents are becoming more normal.
Sleep-Awake Cycle: Confused on when to be sleeping; awake more through out the night.
Hill's® Science Diet® has a great acronym to help pet parents realize that they might be missing some of the Tell Tails of Aging. After reading more about this cat food, I was able to identify a few areas that I have seen some changes in Sophie. Specifically her interactions, activity level and the sleep-awake cycle.
Since the switch, we have had a lot more cuddle time with Sophie and I find that she is much more patient with our kids; which is great because our kids adore both of our cats. I believe that Sophie likes the flavor of the Hill's® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality because for every meal she comes running to her dish! I love seeing that silly kitty running down the stairs to her food.
Not only is her socializing improving but I have heard her running around the house after Sundae which is great! And one change that I wasn't expecting was her fur. She has always had very soft fur and I guess I didn't realize that with age it had changed a bit. After a few weeks on the Youthful Vitality food her fur felt so unbelievably soft.
Overall, this food seems to be a great fit for our spunky old lady Sophie and just like always, we are loving the Hill's® Science Diet® it truly is a brand we fully trust to give to our special furbabies.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill's® Science Diet® . The opinions and text are all mine.