Do older cats need vitamins?

Table of contents:

  1. Do older cats need vitamins?
  2. What are the best vitamins for senior cats?
  3. Do cats need vitamin D sunshine?
  4. Can vitamin D hurt cats?
  5. Can cats be vitamin D deficient?
  6. How can I get my senior cat to gain weight?

Do older cats need vitamins?

If you are feeding your senior cat a balanced diet, they shouldn't need supplements. But some health conditions that affect older cats can make it more difficult for them to absorb certain vitamins or nutrients. For example, gastrointestinal conditions can interfere with a cat's ability to absorb vitamin B12.

What are the best vitamins for senior cats?

That said, if you have a senior cat at home, you might want to select something formulated specifically for older felines, like VetriScience Laboratories Nu Cat Senior MultiVitamin, which has essential amino acids and omega-3s, plus a blend of vitamins and minerals.

Do cats need vitamin D sunshine?

Known as the “sunshine vitamin” because exposure to sunlight helps the body produce it naturally, vitamin D is an essential vitamin for cats, which means the cat's own body does not produce a sufficient amount and therefore vitamin D must be included in the animal's diet for the cat to maintain optimal health.

Can vitamin D hurt cats?

Vitamin D Toxicity in Cats Chemicals used to kill rodents are the most common source of vitamin D poisoning in cats, though excessive use of vitamin D in the diet or drugs containing high levels of vitamin D can also lead to toxicity. Cats of all ages are susceptible, but young cats and kittens are at higher risk.

Can cats be vitamin D deficient?

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin and numerous health problems have been associated with vitamin D deficiency. However, cats are very poor at producing vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. They get their vitamin D from their food.

How can I get my senior cat to gain weight?

Most cats simply need more meals per day and/or free access to dry food in order to gain weight. Cats prefer to 'graze' or eat small meals throughout the day so having food available all day long can make all the difference. Be sure to check with your vet to see if this would be a good option for your cat.