This post is sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Adopt A Senior Pet Month and ‘Mission Adoptable’ Campaign, but Winter and Sparrow only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.
3 Ways You Can Help Senior Pets (Including Your Senior Feline Or Canine)
If you’ve visited our “About Us” page lately, you’ve probably noticed that we have a few VIPs. These VIPs (a.k.a. as the bosses) are our four felines and one rambunctious canine. The head of the clan, Bandit, is our oldest and as far as the veterinarian can determine, she is at least sixteen years old. That’s approximately eighty years old in human years. In other words, she’s the boss of all the other cats, a VVIP, and a senior cat.
Despite being the oldest cat in the house, Bandit is the most active. She plays like she’s still a kitten and she loves racing through the house in the middle of the night. I call her my vampire cat due to the fact that:
a) she’s very active (especially at night) and
b) she appears and acts ageless.
When I think of all the cats her age sitting in shelters waiting to be adopted, I could cry. Kittens are cute and cuddly but the senior cats are where the fun’s at.
Since November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month, I thought I’d talk about three ways you can help your senior cats (and dogs) and the senior pets in the shelter.
- Feed A Pet Food Specifically Designed For Seniors
If your pet is seven years or older, he or she is considered a senior pet. Just like kittens need a kitten food formula, senior pets need a senior formula. Bandit recently started eating Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality pet food because it’s specifically formulated with ingredients her body needs. The antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals, and amino acids work together to improve brain function, boost energy and vitality, maintain a healthy immune and digestive system, and promote a healthy, shiny luxurious coat.
Did you know that compared to younger dogs and cats, senior pets have different gene expression? This can affect how their bodies function because some of those genes are associated with inflammatory processes, oxidative stress, immunity, DNA repair, energy production and protein metabolism. Through their research, Hill’s was able to identify these changes and develop Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Hill’s pet food here at Winter and Sparrow. They’ve helped Gracie lose weight, helped us identify what nutrients a pet food should contain, and shown us that they care about pets affected by disaster via their Food, Shelter, and Love program.
2. Adopt A Senior Pet
The next time you’re looking to add a cat or dog to your family, consider adopting a senior pet from your local shelter. Many shelters have online tools that you can use to search specifically for pets seven years and older.
3. Watch and Share Animal Planet’s Mission Adoptable
Filmed in collaboration with the SPCA of Texas in Dallas, “Mission Adoptable” focuses on the plight of older shelter pets that face a difficult time getting adopted because of changes in their appearance or behavior due to the aging process. Viewers follow the journey of each senior pet, as their lives and prospects for adoption are transformed through the power of nutrition and loving shelter care. Each episode ends in high drama, as two families wait to find out who will have the privilege of welcoming their new pet home.
Watch as senior cat, Miss Priss transforms from…you’ll just have to watch to see the change for yourself.
If you’d like to buy Hill’s Science Diet Youthful Vitality for your pet, you can use the Hill’s online store locator. Also, make sure you’re following Hill’s on Facebook. You don’t want to miss a thing!
Do you own a senior pet? If so, have you noticed a change in their behavior as they’ve gotten older?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s. The opinions and text are all mine.