Why does my cat act like he is starving all the time?

Why does my cat act like he is starving all the time?

If your cat acts like you’re feeding them for the first time in years every time you open a can of food, there could be a medical reason as to why they’re so hell-bent on eating. Parasites, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes are just a few of the reasons your cat’s behaviors around food may have changed.

Why are older cats always hungry?

Aging. The natural changes that happen with aging can make a cat hungry all the time, too, Dr. Murphy says. As animals get older, their ability to digest fat and protein decreases while their energy requirements increase, she says, adding that in cats, the shift happens at around age 13.

Why is our 15 year old cat constantly hungry?

Hi Catherine– thanks for your email. You wrote that your 15-year-old cat is uncharacteristically “hungry” but not gaining weight. In a 15-year-old cat – I think about the common disease called hyperthyroidism. It is a metabolic disorder caused by an excess of thyroid hormone.

Why is our 15 year old calico cat constantly hungry?

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Our 15-year-old female calico in the last month has been acting like she is starving. She has become noisier with more meowing. She is usually feed a packet of wet food in the morning with dry food always available.

What should I do if my cat is always hungry?

Once a cat develops a taste for things not in her usual food bowl, it can be hard to keep her away from them. Make sure food is always covered or at least under observation so Kitty can’t get at it. Meal time should not become a battlefield. If your cat has had to fight for food, he may bolt it down for fear that someone might take it from him.

Why is my cat always hungry but skinny?

Hyperthyroidism in cats is caused by a benign tumour of the thyroid gland leading to excessive thyroid hormone production. One of the main symptoms is weight loss despite an increased appetite, so if your cat is always hungry but skinny, make sure you pay attention to other symptoms and get in touch with the vet for a diagnosis.

Hi Catherine– thanks for your email. You wrote that your 15-year-old cat is uncharacteristically “hungry” but not gaining weight. In a 15-year-old cat – I think about the common disease called hyperthyroidism. It is a metabolic disorder caused by an excess of thyroid hormone.

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Our 15-year-old female calico in the last month has been acting like she is starving. She has become noisier with more meowing. She is usually feed a packet of wet food in the morning with dry food always available.

You can buy special food bowls with finger-like projections or nubs meant to make your cat work around them and therefore eat slower. If your cat is crying for food and is gaining weight, then this should be a sign to you that you should feed your cat less, despite what it is trying to tell you.

When to take your cat to the veterinarian?

Understanding how and when cats act hungry can help you know when to see your veterinarian and what to report. Cats are smarter than you may think and if you feed them around the same time every day, they’ll know when it’s mealtime. Meowing, crying, and staring at you until you put food in its bowl are things a hungry cat is great at doing.