For the past four weeks, The Zoo has been participating in the Royal Canin #CatsAgingGracefully Challenge.
We have already shared updates with you on Aries increased appetite and digestion and improved appearance and energy levels. And today, we will share our conclusions regarding her overall health and well-being.
To say that we have seen some changes during this time would be an understatement.
A lot has changed in the past month. A lot.
Not only has Aries gained weight and been eating a lot more, she's stopped hovering around the kitchen.
Truth be told, until we started this challenge, we fed her anything and everything whenever she wanted. Whenever anyone crossed the threshold, she would meow up a storm, dart in between your legs and generally make you feel sorry for her. It worked. Every time.
I kid you not when I say that from Day One of being on her new Royal Canin Aging 12 hard and moist cat food, she has not begged. Not once. Except for her food of course.
In addition, she has only vomited once. This is incredible considering she has been vomiting (a bit) regularly for years.
Her stool deposits still appear darker and softer than they were before. Yes, I checked. That's one part of the challenge that I won't miss...
Last week, I was joking about her lack of energy. However, there was something she's been hiding from me.
Aries bed is in the living room. The litter is in the bathroom. Between them a 3 foot high safety gate. I've been installing it 7" above the ground so that Aries can get under it but the kids can't.
Did I ever get a surprise this week, when I woke up to a scratching and clambering sound. I looked down the hall and saw a tail going over the kid safety gate. I couldn't believe it!
The great news is that I've called our local small town vet and they sell the Aging 12 moist and dry food. I find the cans a little bit expensive at $1.90 a can (per day), but the hard food is very reasonable at less that $25 for a 6lb/2.7kg bag. Based upon my calculations that should last at least 1.5 months.
We are thrilled with the positive changes that we have seen and in such a short time. There is no question that we will be keeping her on her Royal Canin Aging diet for her remaining years. Not only because it is readily available in Mexico (!) but because after 17 years, Aries deserves the best. And the best for her is Royal Canin Aging 12.
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Note that Journeys of The Zoo received compensation and products that enabled us to participate in this campaign.
This is Part three of a three part challenge.
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