September is senior pet month and a great time to take a second look at your mature pet’s home life. The Animal Companion Specialists at Iams know that age-appropriate nutrition is important for cats and dogs age 7 and older (age 5 and older for giant breed dogs). Also important is your relationship and home life with these special family members. A caring pet owner like you wants to help your mature adult pet live in a comfortable and supportive environment
Read on for helpful advice about designing a happy life at home for your mature pets. Iams wants to help your pet live a long and healthy life. That’s why we designed the age-essential nutrients™ found only in Iams Active Maturity™ Formula.
Cats have their own house plans and hiding places.
A plump new sofa, an added throw rug, maybe even an extra antique for the entryway, and you’ve just brightened up a room and give yourself a whole new perspective on life. But your cat has a different eye for design. While you may love to rearrange the furniture as often every month, your cat may not like her life suddenly redecorated – especially in her mature years. Knowing every chair, tabletop, and pillow is in its place is a source of security for your cat.
She considers her job to know the lay of the land.
Research shows that cats who live indoors live longer, healthier lives. That makes your house home territory. The longer your cat lives there, the more pride and ownership she invests in the home you share together. Knowing every nook and cranny offers an emergency route and a place to go if and when she needs it. But this shouldn’t have to put an end to your design plans. In fact, you and your cat can live in harmony and enjoy an occasionally redecorated and happy life at home.
First, make decorating changes as gradually as possible. Cats are drawn to anything new added to the landscape. Give your cat the time needed to sniff out new furniture smells, and relocated once-familiar objects in the house. When it comes to quiet time, many mature cats love to get away from it all in cozy hiding places, whether it’s in your closet or up high on an armoire top. Keep your cat safe by making sure her hideaways are well ventilated and away from any flammable materials. When it’s playtime, make sure your cat has adequate space for exercise and play.
Help your mature cat stay active and healthy before you see signs of aging.
Activity and an age-appropriate diet are important after age 7, when your cat’s metabolism changer. Just as we make healthy adjustments in our own diets as we mature, a good way to anticipate your cat’s changing needs and keep her active and healthy longer is through her diet. Iams Active Maturity™ Formula is specially formulated to meet the changing health and nutritional needs of mature cats. It’s proven to nutritionally boost the immune system, building an active defense against age-related ailments so she can remain healthy, vital, and happy.
Feeding Iams Maturity™ Formula helps you take a proactive approach to your cat’s changing needs.
Don’t wait until you see signs of slowing down. Cats hide their weaknesses as a natural defense so you might not notice that their bodies are changing and research shows that cats begin to experience changes associated with aging as early as age 7. Feeding them the wholesome goodness of Iams Active Maturity™ is another step toward along and healthy life for your cat.
Many people believe that cats are the soul of a home, and that no house is a home without one! No doubt your cat is special long-time companion, and supporting her mature dietary needs will help you both enjoy life at home. Feed her Iams Maturity™ Formula for Cats, and keep her a beautiful, strong, and healthy family member for years to come.
A Dog’s Life At Home Safe, Secure, and Fun!
Your mature adult dog, no doubt, has become an important part of your daily routine and home life. If he’s always lived in the same house, he probably knows it like the back of his paw – even when the redecorating bug hits his owner. More important to your dog is always knowing where his bed is, and sticking to his routine with you – especially as he ages. So whether you paints the walls red, or redo the kitchen cabinets, the best thing you can do is make your home a safe, secure, and fun place for your dog. Here are a few tips to consider anytime you redecorate or move to a new home. (some tips apply to cats as well).
- In living areas where your pet spends time, secure anything that can topple over, such as top-heavy shelves, small appliances, or lamps.
- In the kitchen, be mindful of open flames, boiling liquids, or anything that can burn.
- If your dog tends to chew things, put all electrical cords out of his reach.
- Any poisonous products, such as insect sprays, cleaners, antifreeze, chocolate, medications, or harmful plants should be placed out of your pet’s reach.
- In the yard, make sure all gates are secure and fences are too high to jump over or not easy to dig under.
- Be sure to thoroughly wash and refill your dog’s water bowls several times a day, and keep several water bowls in convenient locations around the house; for mature larger bred dogs, check your pet supply store for an eating/drinking table.
Make moving to a new home less stressful for your mature dog.
It’s a great time to start over and make his new environment more safe, secure and fun than ever. Your dog’s first introduction to your new home will be a happier one if familiar furniture and objects are already placed. His bed, water bowl, and doggie toys should all be there to greet him. Take you dog out for a walk in his new neighborhood, and consider two shorter walks a day for your mature dog, rather than one long walk. If you’ve moved to a new community, make sure you find a new veterinarian as soon as possible. It’s important for your mature pet to have regular checkups and to nutritionally defend against the effects of aging with age-appropriate nutrition.
Help your mature dog enjoy health, well-being, and quality of life at home.
Don’t wait until your dog shows outward signs of aging before taking action. Even if he’s still acting like a puppy, when your dog reaches 7 years (or 5 years for giant breed dogs), it’s time to step up the defense against the effects of aging. First, it’s essential to maintain his mobility. Exercise should be an important part of your dog’s daily routine. That’s why Iams Active Maturity™ Formula is proven nutritionally boost the immune system, building an active defense against age-related ailments so your dog can remain healthy, vital, and happy at home for years to come.
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