Did You Know Your Cat’s Nutritional Needs Change Over Time?

When you’re shopping for pet food, you no doubt notice how many different formulations are available — and they’re not just divided by flavor; they’re also segmented according to life stage. Kitten, adult and senior formulas all are designed to address your cat’s specific needs during each life stage.


Since their bodies are growing and changing every day, kittens require a higher nutrient content in their food than do adult or senior cats. Their activity level is greater than adult and senior cats as well, which means they require more calories. Once a kitten is weaned, it’s important to feed a high-quality food specifically for kittens to make sure your cat grows up as healthy and strong as possible.

You’ll need to feed your kitten often; three times a day (up until 6 months of age) is ideal, and then twice daily once your cat reaches 6 months.


In the middle of their lives, cats still require a formula specifically tailored to their life stage. If adult cats eat kitten food, they risk ingesting too many calories and gaining extra weight; if they eat senior food, they might not get enough calories. It’s important for adult cats to eat a formula with the right blend of nutrients. NUTRO™ Cat Food comes in a wide variety of formulas, with a number of options available to address any specific health needs your cat might have (such as weight management, food sensitivities, skin and stomach issues and more).


As they age, cats’ activity levels decrease, and their nutrient requirements change; for instance, they require more fiber and water to ensure their digestive tract maintains proper functionality and health. Senior cat food contains fewer calories and still has the appropriate balance of nutrients for senior cats’ life stage.

Cats older than 8 years are considered senior cats and can be switched to eating senior cat food.

Pregnant and Lactating Cats

Carrying and nursing kittens can be a huge drain on a mother cat’s physical resources; she will require much more from her diet. Pregnant and nursing cats can be fed a kitten formulation to ensure all their nutritional needs during this specific time are met. Consult the food’s packaging to determine how much to feed.

Regardless of your cat’s life stage, it’s important to feed a high-quality, natural food with the proper balance of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins and minerals. NUTRO™ Cat Food can meet your cat’s nutritional needs at every life stage and can address many specific health needs. Take a look at our product lineup and use the filter on the left side of the page to find exactly the right formula for your cat.


Nutritional Needs of Older Cats by PetMD

How Often Should I Feed My Cat? by Franny Syufy

As Your Cat Ages by Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM


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