Anyone who knows me can vouch for the fact that I love cats. In fact, we have four of them. This is Whiskers, my 17 year old Japanese Bobtail and she means the world to me. She is a bit on the temperamental side sometimes, but she is 17 years old, so a little attitude from her is to be expected. So let me tell you a bit about my kitty. I used to live in the woods in Florida and would feed all the woodland creatures and strays in the neighborhood. Several cats were included in that count. Some local kids knew that I had several strays and found this little kitten on the side of the road. She was so tiny that she could barely walk. She still wobbled on her little feet and was unable to eat solid food. We ended up bottle feeding her.
As she is used to this lifetime of coddling, she is quite the picky eater. She rarely eats canned food and is finicky about switching her dry foods – and has been eating the same food for years. I know, that at her age, she really needs a more senior diet, but she wouldn’t eat a lot of the senior foods. I was a bit skeptical when I was contacted by BzzAgent with a free bag and a request to review the Hill’s Science Diet Age Defying Cat Food. It’s formulated for cats age 11+.
The product claims that your older cat will be more interactive, alert and agile within 30 days of starting this regimen. Whiskers hasn’t been eating it for that long, yet, so I can’t vouch for that. However, I can tell you that she loves it. Unlike her usual picky self, she went right for it. BzzAgent provided a transition guide to switching her food and urged patience, but she instantly liked it. In fact, all four of the cats loved. The other three much younger cats would push her out of the way and start eating her food instead of their own, so I had to start feeding her in a separate room partitioned off from the others. She will now patiently watch while I feed the other cats and then scurry off to the bathroom for her own treat.
When I compare Hill’s Science Diet to the leading brand I was feeding her, Hill’s Science Diet Age Defying is lower in phosphorus and magnesium. These two minerals can be very hard on a kitty’s kidneys. It’s also got Omega-6 Fatty acids and lots of vitamins. Hill’s Science Diet also has a lower calorie concentration. Despite not eating much, Whiskers is a chunky kitty. Her joints are achy (probably due to the extra weight) and she has a hard time turning to care for her long fur. As a result, we keep her shaved. Hopefully, she will lose some weight and this cat food will do it promises and turn back the clock.
If you aren’t so lucky, or don’t want to wait that long, look for this at your vet and local pet stores (Petco, PetSmart, etc.) as it isn’t available in grocery stores. It costs more than the supermarket brands. If it’s better for Whiskers, though, she’s worth it. To learn more about this cat food that my cat likes so much, check it out on Science Diet’s website