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I have two normal house cats. I used to feed them Science Diet Sensitive Stomach, because of a concern for them having an adverse reaction to other cat food. It turned out they were allergic to shots that they received from the vet. I kept them on it anyway, they seemed fine with it.

Then I had to switch to Iams, for cats ages 1+, for financial reasons. I have been getting them proactive health "indoor weight and hairball care". They don't really have issues with hairballs but one cat is overweight. The other cat is not overweight.

Family recently gave me a bag of Science Diet "Indoor: Age Defying" for "Senior: 11+" cats. Their cats are 14+ years old and recently had to switch food types, so family gave me that that Science Diet.

Is it okay for my cats, who are only 6 years old, to eat cat food intended for cats 11+ years old?

Thanks!

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Marty,

I see no reason why your cats can't go ahead and eat the Senior 11+ food on a short term basis. I realize that financial times are tough for many people in today's economy and every little bit helps, so as long as it isn't a full time part of their diet it won't hurt them. If you find that they need a little more of that food to satisfy their hunger go ahead because the senior foods tend to be higher in fibre and lower in fat and protein.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

Kind regards,

Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

Education/Credentials
I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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