As with age in humans, cats also tend to have difficulties in their diets as they age. Our 15 year old cat could no longer chew his usual cat food and we searched for a dry food that he could actually break down. My husband bought this on a whim, seeing the words "tender bites". Our cat seemed to like it immediately. He was also able to break down the bites without any difficulty. The center seems soft and the hard part isn't too hard for his old teeth. He has been on this food now for a little over a year. We mix in the soft food with it as well.