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DISCOVER YOUR CAT’S LIFE STAGE

Just like us, for your cat every stage of their life is very different, and this is why you need to look after them in a specific way at every point in time

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Just like us, for your cat every stage of their life is very different, and this is why you need to look after them in a specific way at every point in time

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YOUR esterilizado dogcat is Junior

If you have just had your cat neutered and they are under 2 years old, they need special care and attention to help them to grow properly after neutering.

BEFORE 6 MONTHS

Your kitten is getting closer to their adult age, but they are still growing. They are on the verge of 6 months and it is time to decide whether you want to have them neutered.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NEUTERING?

The benefits will be different depending on whether your kitten is male or female.

Benefits

Male

Behaviour

• Prevents them escaping
• Prevents fights
• Prevents marking

Health

• Reduces possible prostate and testicular problems

Female

Behaviour

• Stops oestrus
• Avoids psychological pregnancy
• Avoids the risk of unwanted litters

Health

• Prevents the development of breast or ovarian tumours
• Prevents uterus infections

Efectos secundarios

But it does also have side effects

• Tendency towards being overweight
• Higher likelihood of diabetes
• Urinary problems

AFTER NEUTERING

Recovery after the procedure is easy and swift. Your kitten will be able to return home on the same day, once they have got over the effects of anaesthesia. Once at home, it is important to help the wound to heal, following the advice and instructions of your vet.
Within about a week, they will start to live life normally. They will have completely recovered from the procedure. Should this be a longer period of time, it is advisable to consult your vet.

Nutrition

Immediately after neutering, you will notice that they start eating more, losing control over the amount of food that they are ingesting.
It is important to bear in mind that their energy requirements have changed, but their development is not yet complete. It is therefore important that you keep feeding them with a specific product that helps them to continue growing and that is adapted to their new energy needs.

Did you know that neutered cats are 3 times as likely to be obese than non-neutered cats?

When choosing food for your kitten, ensure that it contains:

1
A higher amount of protein and fibre

To create a feeling of fullness

2
Moderate fat intake:

To avoid becoming overweight

3
Proteins, vitamins and minerals:

Nutrients to keep them growing

A product like ADVANCE Junior Sterilized contains an ideal proportion of proteins and fats to promote the proper development of the musculature by satisfying your cat's protein needs with the moderate energy intake necessary for a neutered cat.
Also, it contains ingredients to help to prevent other problems that can be common in neutered cats, like urinary and digestive problems.

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Optimal growth
High content of nutrients (proteins, vitamins, minerals and omega 3 and 6) that ensure an optimal growth and development

Weight control
With fibre and l-carnitine. Reduces the number of calories in food and helps metabolise fats

Urinary care
Combination of minerals and specific ingredients for an optimal urine ph

Easy digestion
Chicken and rice are ingredients that are easy to digest, with immunoglobulins that contribute to intestinal health

ACTIVITY

As well as having specific food that is adapted to the needs of neutered cats, your kitten should maintain an active lifestyle:

• It is advisable to establish a daily play routine with different toys.
• A good option could be to present them with challenges to get their food. You can put food in different places and at different heights, so that it is a physical challenge to reach it.
• Remember that to reward them, you can do it with cuddles rather than food. It may be more gratifying, and definitely much healthier!

BEHAVIOUR

1

Changes in sexual behaviour: both males and females tend to lose their sexual behaviour and the need to go out and find a mate, and as a result, escapes and insistent miaowing are avoided.

2

Loss of flight instinct: thanks to neutering escapes can be avoided, and these could be the cause of fights, getting run over or other kinds of accidents, or even catching illnesses or parasites from other animals that they come across in the street.

3

They will stop marking with urine inside the home, because they stop feeling the need to mark their territory to attract females.

4

Their character will not change too much, but they will tend to be calmer. If your cat is affectionate, playful or mischievous, they will continue to be so after neutering.

The adult stage will be the longest life stage for your neutered cat. Good daily habits will help you to ensure that your cat remains healthy and balanced, and that they reach their senior stage in fine fettle.

WHY IS YOUR NEUTERED CAT
SPECIAL?

Your cat has now reached adult size and weight. This means that they have stopped growing, and consequently, their lifestyle should be adapted to their new needs.
Also, as they are neutered, it is important to help them prevent the kind of problems that they tend to develop after neutering, such as obesity and urinary tract issues.

YOUR ADULT NEUTERED CAT’S NUTRITION

Since you had your cat neutered, you will have noticed that they tend to eat more food and to ask more insistently when their food is restricted. This is why neutered cats tend to be more likely to be overweight than a non-neutered cat.
Therefore foods that are specially formulated for neutered cats are lower in calories whilst still containing all their nutrients.
When choosing a product for your cat, make sure that it meets the following requirements:

1
A higher protein content than fat content to promote the ingestion of nutrients as opposed to calories
2
High dietary fibre content so that it is filling
3
It should contain all the nutrients, aminoacids, vitamins and minerals that your cat needs
4
Pleasant flavour that their palate enjoys to avoid them rejecting their food and to be able to maintain a complete and balanced diet

A product like ADVANCE Sterilized Adult helps your cat's natural defences and barriers, maintaining optimal urinary pH levels and preventing the formation of plaque. Also, thanks to its formula and carefully selected ingredients, it contributes to your cat's intestinal health and helps to control its weight.

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Weight control
With fibre and l-carnitine. Reduces the number of calories in food and helps metabolise fats

Dental health
Contains special minerals (pyrophosphates) that help prevent plaque formation and promote fresh breath

Urinary care
Combination of minerals and specific ingredients for an optimal urine ph

Easy digestion
Turkey, barley and immunoglobulins that contribute to digestive and intestinal health

ACTIVITY

• As well as having specific food that is adapted to the needs of neutered cats, your cat should maintain an active lifestyle to avoid problems associated with excess weight:

• It is advisable to establish a routine with different toys.

• A good option could be to present them with challenges to get their food. You can put food in different places and at different heights, so that it is a physical challenge to reach it.

• Remember that to reward them, you can do it with cuddles rather than food. It may be more gratifying, and definitely much healthier!

BEHAVIOUR

Your cat’s behaviour is directly related to their stress levels; this means that the more stressed a cat is, the harder it will be to manage their behaviour. Because of this, it is paramount to take into account some advice that can help your cat to reduce their stress levels and thus avoid changes in their behaviour:

• High resting area in an isolated and quiet spot where there are no drafts.

• Hiding places and escape routes so that they can move around and explore.

• Fresh food and drink that is frequently changed. The bowls are away from the litter tray and in a quiet place.

• One sand tray per cat plus one extra, which are emptied on a daily basis and are deep cleaned each week.

• Social contact with other animals or people, but avoiding interaction with animals from outside.

• Scratching post and cat toys.

From 10 years old cats need some special care to help them to maintain their well-being and quality of life.

WHY IS YOUR SENIOR CAT
SPECIAL?

As happens with us, a cat’s ageing entails some changes, both physical and behavioural, and it is important to know about these.
The immune system begins to weaken and this means that chronic illnesses occur more frequently. The may suffer sight, smell or hearing loss, and dental, kidney and joint problems. For this reason it is important to go to the vet more often.

YOUR SENIOR CAT’S NUTRITION

As the years go by, just like with humans, your cat’s needs change. This means that we need to feed them with food that is adapted to their new life stage.
When choosing a product for your cat, make sure that it meets the following requirements:

1
Contains fibre to reduce the food’s calorie level and help to avoid excess weight
2
Appropriate concentration of proteins, phosphorus and fatty acids
3
It should contain all the nutrients, aminoacids, vitamins and minerals that your cat needs
4
Pleasant flavour that their palate enjoys to avoid them rejecting their food and to be able to maintain a complete and balanced diet

ADVANCE Sterilized Senior is a top-end, easily digestible product formulated to meet your cat's specific needs which strengthens its natural barriers and defences. Thanks to its formula, the product helps to metabolize fat, protects the kidneys and contributes to maintaining muscle mass and preserving cartilage in the joints.

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Weight control
With fibre and l-carnitine. Reduces the number of calories in food and helps metabolise fats

Dental health
Combination of minerals, specific ingredients and low levels of phosphorus, contributing to correct renal functioning

Renal care
Contains special minerals (pyrophosphates) that help prevent plaque formation and promote fresh breath

Articular support
Chondroitin, glucosamine and an optimal level of proteins to help conserve joint cartilage and muscle mass

BEHAVIOUR

MEMORY LOSS

As the years pass by, just like what happens to humans, senior cats also suffer the consequences of age, such as memory loss or becoming disorientated.
They may stop using their litter tray or have difficulty finding it, move less steadily around the home, or miaow more than usual.

TROUBLE GROOMING THEMSELVES

Your senior cat can no longer clean themselves like they used to. They struggle more to access some parts of their body, and as their skin has lost elasticity and has become more delicate, the risk of suffering skin infections and illnesses is greater. Help them with brushing to keep their skin and fur healthy and to avoid hairball formation problems.

LESS ACTIVE

You will notice that your senior cat finds it more difficult to move and play and is less inclined to do so, which can lead to joint degeneration and arthritis. Help them by not having obstacles around the home that require over-exertion on their part, and promote activity with very simple exercises.

FOLLOW THEIR EVOLUTION MONTH BY MONTH

THEY’VE JUST
BEEN BORN!

1 month

Your kitten has just been born!

They need their mother because they are born blind, deaf and unable to walk, but they can smell, pick up flavours and perceive heat and touch. Their food is maternal milk.

Days 14-15

Your kitten will start to walk

Day 25

Their eye colour is defined

It’s time to remove parasites for the first time!
Until your kitten reaches two months old, remember to rid them of parasites every two weeks.

2 months

WEANING

Your kitten can now do their business by themselves. Remember to prepare a sand litter tray and to make some scratching posts available to them.

Weaning starts! You can feed your kitten with ADVANCE Kitten , a top-end product specifically formulated to cover the needs of kittens and their mothers at the end of pregnancy and during nursing. Thanks to its exclusive formula supplemented with nucleotides, it promotes optimal growth, helping brain and vision development while simultaneously reinforcing your kitten's natural defences, protecting its health.

It’s time for pre-vaccination parasite removal! From now on you should remove parasites from your cat every 3 months.
• First vaccinations: Panleukopenia, Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis. Optional vaccination: Leukaemia.
• Get your kitten used to having their nails clipped, cleaning their teeth and being handled.

EARLY
HABITS

3 months

Do you know that your kitten needs an Identity Card?

Ask your vet what it is and what the purpose of the microchip is, and use this opportunity to get them entered on your municipality’s register.

• Their teeth begin to change
• When you arrive home they greet you with a friendly purr and they rub themselves against things
• Booster of their first vaccinations!
• Time to remove parasites again
• Find out whether you need to protect your cat against rabies

4 months

PERMANENT
TEETH

Their permanent teeth come through



• 70% of their activity will be hunting and exploring.

• Their food preferences start to be established.

• It’s time to vaccinate against feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

PUBERTY
ARRIVES

5 months

• Your kitten can now produce spermatozoa but they are not yet able to mate.

• Have they played at being a hunter? If they have not done so up to present, it is quite unlikely that they will learn to do it.

6 months

THE FIRST
OESTRUS

From this month your kitten can have their first oestrus. It may appear between the first 3 and 12 months.
• It is time to remove parasites again, 3 months have gone by
• Remember that 6 months are equivalent to 12-15 years in human age

It is time to think about neutering and its benefits. The benefits will be different depending on whether your kitten is male or female.

Male
Behaviour

Prevents them escaping, prevents fights and prevents marking

Health

Reduces possible prostate and testicular problems

Female
Behaviour

Stops oestrus, avoids psychological problems and avoids the risk of unwanted litters

Health

Prevents the development of breast or ovarian tumours and prevents uterus infections

Once neutered, it will be very important to give your kitten a diet that is adapted to their new needs, such as ADVANCE Sterilized Junior.

PERFECT
TEETH

9 months

They are now showing off a perfect set of 30 teeth!

• You have to remove parasites again
• They will stop growing between 9 and 12 months

10 months

FIRST
MATING

From this point on your kitten is ready for their first mating. Discuss it with your vet.

THEY HAVE NOW
STOPPED GROWING

12 months

Your kitten has now stopped growing

They need to start to eat food that is adapted to their needs as an adult. ADVANCE Sterilized Adult o ADVANCE Adult are the ideal food to go with them during this stage.

Change over their food gradually: for 10 days slowly reduce the amount of their old food and substitute it for the new one.
• Remember that it’s time to remove parasites!

The adult stage will be the longest life stage for your cat, and this is why it is important for you to look after their well-being throughout this time. Good daily habits will help you to ensure that your cat remains healthy and balanced, and that they reach their senior stage in fine fettle.

YOUR NON-NEUTERED ADULT CAT’S NUTRITION

Your adult cat needs food that will help them to maintain ideal body condition, whilst at the same time helping them to stay healthy and avoid the main problems that affect cats during this longest stage of their life.

ADVANCE Adult is a top-end, easily digestible product formulated to meet your cat’s specific needs, which strengthens its natural barriers and defences and helps them to maintain optimal urinary pH, control plaque and improve intestinal health, healthy skin and glossy fur.

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Healthy skin and shiny coat
Omega 3 and 6 and vitamins that contribute to healthy skin and a shiny coat

Dental health
Contains special minerals (pyrophosphates) that help prevent plaque formation and promote fresh breath

Urinary care
Combination of minerals and specific ingredients for an optimal urine ph

Easy digestion
Chicken and rice are ingredients that are easy to digest, with immunoglobulins that contribute to intestinal health

BEHAVIOUR

As your cat has not been neutered you will need to control the behaviours that their sexual conduct causes.

Train them so that they do not spray with urine inside the home.

Keep potential sorties in search of a mate under control: that way you will prevent accidents, catching illnesses and parasites and unwanted litters.

Keep an eye on them when they are with other animals to avoid fights.

Your cat’s behaviour is also directly related to how stressed they are. This means that the more stressed a cat is, the harder it will be to manage their behaviour. Furthermore, a stressed cat is more likely to suffer from urinary problems.

Because of this, it is paramount to take into account some advice that can help your cat to reduce their stress levels and thus avoid changes in their behaviour:

• High resting area in an isolated and quiet spot where there are no drafts.

• Hiding places and escape routes so that they can move around and explore.

• Fresh food and drink that is frequently changed. The bowls are away from the litter tray and in a quiet place.

• One sand tray per cat plus one extra, which are emptied on a daily basis and are deep cleaned each week.

• Social contact with other animals or people, but avoiding interaction with animals from outside.

• Scratching post and cat toys.

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