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My Aging Cat is Still As #AwesomeAsEver

This post is sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the new Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality pet food for cats and dogs over the age of 7, but The Mixed Bag only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

It’s been quite a while since I last talked about my furry friend, Beau. Life is quite hectic with a new baby that I’ve neglected some one on one attention with my first baby. Although, he’s not really a baby anymore, in fact, when I think about it, I’ve had Beau now for 8 years! He’s definitely no spring chicken anymore and while we do not know his exact age, I can tell you that it’s between 11-13. Just like with people, age can sneak up slowly on our loving pets. We might not always realize that our furry friends are starting to display some age related changes but I recently learned some signs to be aware of when it comes to our pets.

Thinking: Your pet is confused by ordinary things, like how to find his bed.

Activity: Naps have become more appealing than playing or exploring.

Interactions: Your pet doesn’t socialize with you as much as before.

Loss of Control: Although your pet is well-trained, he starts to have accidents.

Sleep-Wake Cycle: Sleeping patterns have changed, with more awake time during the night.

Thinking about these signs, I realized that Beau had shown a couple of them! As a member of our family, I want him to feel happy and included, despite the lack of attention that I sometimes give him in a day! One way that I can show him I care is provide him with delicious food that’s targeted for all aging cats. Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality is cat food with breakthrough nutrition scientifically developed to help support our cat’s ongoing vitality through increased activity, interaction and mobility.

Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality is formulated with ingredients to help support: Brain Function, Energy and Vitality, Healthy Kidneys & Bladder, Healthy Digestive Systems, and Luxurious Fur.

According to the TNS Pet Screener Study 2012, I learned that nearly half of pet parents don’t feed their 7+ pets food appropriate for an aging cat, and up until recently, I was one of those pet parents. Although I was visually aware that Beau was going through some aging changes on the outside, I never thought about what would be beneficial to an aging cat on the inside. During this opportunity with Hill’s Science Diet, we switched Beau’s cat food to Youthful Vitality in hopes to provide a healthier option for our aging furry friend. With a recipe that includes natural ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, fatty acids and antioxidants plus added vitamins, minerals and amino acids, I’m beyond content that not only is this a better option for him, but they are ingredients working together to fight the effects of aging.

Do you have an aging pet at home? If so you may want to consider trying Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality with your own 7+ pet and fight the effects of aging! Don’t forget your coupons!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s® Science Diet® . The opinions and text are all mine.



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    April 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I am going to have to share this with my sister in law for her dog who is getting up there in years!

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    Rana Durham
    April 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    wow i love this. i know my pets would enjoy something new and nutrious.

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    shelly peterson
    April 21, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I don’t have a cat but this sounds great for my daughters cat.

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    kelly tupick
    April 21, 2017 at 3:44 am

    My dog has had this diet and it really helps, she has allergies and the processed foods in reg dog food causes her to itch and scratch.

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    Janet W.
    April 21, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Sounds like a good diet for an aging cat. I don’t own a cat but I do have an older dog. I’m definitely enjoying her older, more calm, years!

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    April 21, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I did not realize so many cat owners do not feed the appropriate food for their aging cat!

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    Jessica Naca
    April 21, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I would love to try this for my Cat Charlie! Charlie is due to turn 7 in September so we may. eed to switch foods then! Thanks for the insight on a healthy new brand!

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    April 21, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Watching a pet age poorly is no less distressing than watching it happen to a family member.

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    April 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I have an aging cat. I try to give her the best food available.

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    April 21, 2017 at 11:24 am

    This is the brand we always use

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    Cynthia R
    April 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    My baby cat is 15 I didn’t realize Hills Science Diet had a special formula out there for aging cats. I’ll have to get some for him. I want him to be healthy and with us for as long as possible!

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      April 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      That’s how I feel! I didn’t really know they made special food for older cats 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

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    Dana Rodriguez
    April 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the coupon. I am going to pick some of this up. We adopted a cat a couple of years ago and he will be 16 in October. Got to love those sweet seniors!

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      April 22, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Wow, 16 is an impressive age! Our oldest cat lived to about! 🙂

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    April 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    It’s so wonderful to have pets.

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    Melissa T
    April 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I do not have any pets currently but we are thinking about getting one. I will keep this in mind.

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    Sheila K.
    April 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    My wonderful kitty-boy lived to age 17, and I miss him every single day.

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      April 22, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Oh wow! 17 is so long! We had one cat pass away recently and he was about 13.

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    Leigh Anne Borders
    April 23, 2017 at 8:46 am

    This is one of the only brands that we use to feed out animals and we have used them for years.

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    Sara Zielinski
    April 23, 2017 at 10:07 am

    This is a great brand of pet food.

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    Dina Lindquist
    April 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

    My cat just turned 14 and my boy will be 13 in July. I need to try Science Diet Youthful Vitality! They currently use a different brand and I have been thinking of switching.

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    Rachael DeBates
    April 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    my cat would probably love this!

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    Soha Molina
    April 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I don;t have an aging cat but my sister does.I will pass on the info.

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    Hannah McNally
    April 23, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I’m allergic to cats but I do adore my dog! She’s not old yet though. I’ll have to keep this food suggestion in mind for friends with kitties!

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    April 24, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Aww, Beau is so stinking pretty. Such a great post. I have a male cat named Milo and it’s crazy to think how fast he has grown. It seems like I just got him last year. I have been thinking about the Science Diet food for my cat and my dog. I have heard such great things about it!

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    melissa craig
    April 25, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    My baby Mia was with me for 19 years, I so understand,

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    Jen Dantuma
    April 26, 2017 at 9:36 am

    My cat Libby was a stray that I took in so I don’t know her age. I really love her! My dog Tillie is 14 years old. She’s a bichon and they live an average of 15 years. I have seen a decline this last year. I love that mat you have under the bowl of cat food….so cute!

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    elicia p
    April 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Sadly no cats here. I actually am not too fond of them. My mom let a stray in when I was younger and it killed my 6 year old bird. It traumatized me!

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    Parker Weber
    April 26, 2017 at 11:35 am

    AWwww you cat is so cute! I still don’t want one though 😛

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    Rajee Pandi
    April 26, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Love your cat looks very healthy

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    Kimberly Flickinger
    July 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Your cat is too cute, very pretty, I love the picture.

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    gloria patterson
    October 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Your furbaby is a beauty! So easy to spoil them.

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