Q. What kind of dry and wet food for senior cats do you recommend? I have been them feeding canned Freskies and dry Fancy Feast. But having problems.
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. You do not mention what problems you are having and this would be critical in recommending a diet change. There are reputable brands making wet and dry versions such as royal canin and hills but the ideal food at this age would be affected by any concurrent issues such as kidney disease etc; wet food can often help to promote adequate fluid intake in older cats with lower kidney function but kidney specific diets should be used if your cats are suffering azotemia or increased toxin levels due to reduced kidney function
A. Feed a good quality canned food. One that comes from the can looking like a hockey puck. Avoid dry food or canned foods with sauces or gravies. These types of diets contain high amounts of carbohydrates which can predispose a cat to obesity and diabetes. Stay away from store or discount brands. These diets typically contain low quality ingredients and fillers. Look for a diet with a named protein source of animal origin. No by products or meat meals. Avoid plant protein as well. Cats require animal proteins for good health.