Our house is home to one very patient cat. Mojo puts up with two little girls chasing, petting, poking, and hugging him. I often talk to the girls about how they need to be gentle with the cat, and how it’s our responsibility to take care of our animal friend. But who am I kidding? I know once I’m out of sight they resume tormenting loving the cat, and somehow he puts up with it, heck he thrives off of it and keeps coming back for more.
When I was about five months pregnant with my first child we had to put our much loved cat to sleep. It was heart breaking, but he had developed kidney problems and letting him go was the only choice. My husband and I found that we both really missed having a cat in the house, so we took a leap and did something a little crazy. Even though I was eight months along in my pregnancy, we adopted a cat from the local Humane Society. Knowing we had a little one soon on the way, I realized I wouldn’t have the time or energy to train a kitten so we looked for an older cat. We chose Mojo because the shelter claimed he was good with small children, and because he took a shine to my husband right off the bat. And we’ve been blessed with our choice, because whatever other faults he might have this cat is so darn patient with out kids.
|Mojo watching TV with Rocket.|
I have caught my one daughter attempting to feed the poor cat wooden pretend food, and I’ve seen the other trying to put a hat on his head, not to mention the numerous hugs, headbutts and attempts to use the cat as a pillow. I often wonder why the heck he doesn’t get up and leave the room, or why he comes back for another round of chase the tail. To be honest, he’s not terribly bright, but he is a sweet lap cat who loves to curl up on the couch with us adults, and he has never bitten, swiped at or so much as hissed at one of my kids. So I feel like we owe him one, and I’m willing to overlook the fact that he is a mooch who occasionally forgets where the litter box is.
When my first cat, Winnowill, was a kitten, I had a vet explain to me how the high ash content in many cat foods can cause urinary track problems in male cats, and for that reason it was important to feed them a good quality cat food, with low ash content. He recommended we chose one of three brands of kibble, and then stick with it. The other two choices were expensive, and could only be purchased at the vet’s office, so going with Iams seemed like a no-brainer.
When Winnow was a kitten we started out with Iams kitten chow, and then as he matured we moved on to the Weight Control formula. Not because he was overweight, but merely because he was a strictly indoor cat. Again we went with the vet’s recommendation; that an indoor cat would be less physically active and have less calorie requirements then an outdoor one. This was a while back and in the meantime Iams has started to produce an Indoor Cat version of their kibble, which is what we’ve been buying for several years now. I was impressed that they had obviously clued into what my vet had pointed out to me years before, indoor cats have different needs then outdoor ones, just as kittens have different dietary needs then adult cats, and adult cats have different requirements then seniors.
So from day one we’ve fed Mojo Iams. And while Mojo isn’t quite in his senior years yet, I was actually a bit excited to find out that Iams has just launched a new Senior Plus line. Their new Senior Plus food is a unique formula created for older cats (and dogs!) that is designed to meet a senior pet’s unique nutritional needs and address common senior health issues, including:
* maintaining muscle mass.
* promoting ideal weight with a special formula that helps burn fat.
* boosting immune health to healthy adult levels with two times the antioxidants.
* maintaining healthy skin and coat health with Omega 6.
* for dogs, helping to reduce tartar build up by up to 55 per cent with HMP (hexametaphosphate).
I’m glad to know that Iams understands that a pet’s nutritional needs change with age. Assuming that one of my daughters doesn’t accidentally smother him and Mojo makes it to his senior years, I’m going to be feeding him Iams Senior Plus. Like I said, I think we owe him one for his patience and his sweet nature, and I can’t think of any better way to pay him back them by continuing to give him the right food for the right stage in his life.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, brought to you by Iams. However, as always my words and opinions are my own. Furthermore I want to be clear about the fact that I am not a vet, I’m just passing on information that my own vet has shared with me over the years. To the best of my knowledge I’ve got the facts straight, but I’m no expert.