Aries the Cat is now in week two of the Royal Canin Cats Aging Gracefully Challenge. Given all the positive changes so far, it's no wonder that Royal Canin is the leading cat food for mature cats.
Last week, I wrote about her improved appetite and digestion so this week, I thought that I would focus on her appearance and energy levels.
The documentation provided by Royal Canin suggested that this week there would be some visible changes such as; a shinier coat, less dandruff, and improved energy levels.
Aries appearance has definitely changed.
Around the time that the kids were born, Aries stopped cleaning herself. Her fur started to get matted and she wouldn't let me brush her.
Since starting this challenge, she's let me cut out a bunch of her dreadlocks, her fur feels softer and her skin isn't as dry. It's even easier to tell now that I can actually see her skin.
Her backbone doesn't feel as bony and I thought that maybe she'd put on some weight. Wishful thinking perhaps?
It turns out that since beginning her transition, she's put on almost half a pound. I'm willing to bet that her diet is the reason for this positive change!
Think of aging as an iceberg.
There are visible signs at the surface, but the majority of aging in cats happens under the surface.
These invisible signs start during mid-life and can result in serious diseases later in life.
Nutrition can help manage these threats to prolong the health of your cat.
Royal Canin also suggested to watch for invisible changes such as; better overall functioning of kidneys, heart, digestion and cognitive function. You will notice this if your cat looks more alert and healthier overall. The fact that Aries hasn't vomited this week is a huge accomplishment considering it used to be an almost daily occurrence!
As for the changes in Aries energy level...
Aries has never been an active cat. If a mouse ran a foot in front of her (and one has!) she wouldn't move a muscle (and she didn't!). But, she's never been prescribed a cat food that was specifically designed for her advanced age. Will she take the bait?
Would Your Cat take the Bait?
P.S. Can you tell what I was doing while filming?
Click to read our final Royal Canin post regarding our Conclusions of this Challenge.
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This is Part two of a three part challenge.
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