Dietary interventions in cats have long played a role in managing specific clinical problems, such as diabetes or renal disease. However, nutrition can also play a positive role in addressing changes in health, such as the cumulative effects of oxidative stress, that arise from simply living a long time.
While there are many factors that affect the rate an individual ages, studies by Purina scientists show that the combined effects of a nutrient blend that includes antioxidants, essential fatty acids and a prebiotic, can help older cats have healthier, longer lives.1
Purina conducted a groundbreaking 9-year study which demonstrated that feeding a specific blend of nutrients can extend the healthy lives of cats.1
In this long-term feeding study, 90 healthy mixed-breed cats entered the study between 7 and 17 years of age, and continued in the study for the remainder of their life.
The cats were divided into three groups, each fed different diets:
2. Control + antioxidants including vitamin E
3. Control + Purina’s proprietary blend of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and prebiotic
Purina’s blend of nutrients was scientifically proven to increase life span by an average of one year.1
Increased skin fold thickness, a marker of improved nutritional status
Improved preservation of body weight
Maintenance of a healthier gut microflora balance
Improved Vitamin E levels
1. Cupp, C. J., Kerr, W.W., Jean-Philippe, C., Patil, A. R., & Perez-Camargo, G. (2008). The role of nutritional interventions in the longevity and maintenance of long-term health in aging cats. International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine, 6(2), 69-81.
2. Cupp, C. J., & Kerr, W. W. (2010). Effect of diet and body composition on life span in aging cats. Nestlé Purina Companion Animal Nutrition Summit, Florida, USA, 36-42.
3. Cupp, C. J., Jean-Philippe, C., & Kerr, W. W. (2006). Effect of Nutritional Interventions on Longevity of Senior Cats. International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine, 4(1), 34-50.