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Kittens' Nutritional Needs are Vastly Different From Senior Cats'

Kittens' Nutritional Needs are Vastly Different From Senior Cats'

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Definition:

noun: An age appropriate diet for cats is one formulated to meet the specific requirements of cats during their three life stages:

  1. Kittenhood
  2. Maintenance Years
  3. Senior Years

Pronunciation: aj-a-PROPE-pree-ut
Also Known As: life stages diet
Alternate Spellings: age-appropriate
Examples:
Kittens' nutritional needs are entirely different from those of senior cats, e.g. kittens need a high fat, high protein diet, for developing strong bones and teeth, and sinewy, supple muscles. Senior cats, who are more sedentary, do not need the extra fat, as weight gain may contribute to arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases common to senior cats. Most senior cats need a low fat diet, with highly digestible proteins to ease the burden on their kidneys.
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