When I adopted Emily, my very first cat, I never imagined her living into her late teens. At the time, cat life expectancy was rarely into the low teens. Now I have also been lucky enough to share my life with Gryphon for over nineteen years. And I am not alone. America's senior cat population is up by 6%. As we increase our knowledge of how to best care for our older feline friends, we see cat life expectancy increasing. A major part of caring for our aging cats is being knowledgeable of their special nutritional needs
During a routine veterinary check-up with Emily years ago, the doctor suggested Emily have a senior pet exam. I was shocked. She was not an old cat! I now know cats age 7-10 are considered mature adult cats (likely a polite way of saying "old cat") and cats eleven and up are seniors (a polite way of saying "really old cat.") Although Emily was not an old cat on the outside, the blood panel included in her senior pet exam showed that she was aging on the inside. I firmly believe that my veterinarians subsequent suggestions to change Emily's diet extended her life and I have always been grateful.