Why Is My Cat Always Hungry – 5 Reasons Why

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Is your cat always hungry? Maybe it’s not just because of a few pounds gained. From hyperthyroidism to diabetes, here’s why cats don’t stop eating.

A gray cat looks up from its food bowl. By JaneA Kelley , December 7, 2020


Have you ever wondered why my cat is always hungry? You are not alone. If you’re your cat’s guardian, you probably know that if your cat doesn’t eat for a day or so, he or she needs to see a veterinarian. But did you know that a cat being hungry all the time could be a sign of a physical or mental health problem? Here are some answers to the question “Why is my cat always hungry?” Some answers to this question. Here are some answers to the question.

A cat that is always hungry may be infected with roundworms.- Photography by Katerina Maksymenko | Shutterstock.

1. your cat is infected with roundworms

Is your cat always hungry? If infected with roundworms, your cat will be constantly hungry. Ironically, cats infected with roundworms may appear fat because the parasite causes the body to expand.

Since roundworms can also infect humans, if you suspect that your cat is infected with roundworms, bring a fecal sample of your cat to the vet for testing.

2. The cat has hyperthyroidism or diabetes.

Hyperthyroidism is caused by the cat’s metabolism using up too many calories, while diabetes is caused by the cat’s body being unable to convert sugar into energy, so nutrients can’t get into the body in the first place. If your cat is always hungry, eats constantly and still loses weight, especially if it also drinks a lot of water, take it to the vet as soon as possible.

Cats that don’t stop eating may just be bored or hungry. Photography ©Svetlanais | Thinkstock.

3. Cat is bored or lonely

“Why is my cat always hungry?” The answer is simple. Just like humans, some cats will eat out of boredom. The solution to this problem is to give your cat more stimulation and stop leaving cat food out for them to nibble on all day or feeding them randomly. If you want to offer your cat treats, put them in a puzzle toy. This will burn calories and keep the mind active.

You can also purchase an automatic feeder that provides a set amount of food at a set time each day.

4. Your cat is depressed

Is your cat always hungry? Like humans, overeating can be a self-soothing behavior for cats when they are depressed or sad. I’ve seen this happen: once I met a couple who had a cat that they had kicked out into the basement after their baby was born. As a result, the cat began to self-soothe by eating, with incredibly sad consequences.

If your cat is depressed, try to bring him out of his shell with some gentle interactive play. Slowly close your eyes, hold them for a second, and then slowly open them while thinking “I love you.”

5. Your cat’s diet is not meeting its nutritional needs.

When you eat fast food, no matter how much you eat, you will be hungry an hour later. Naturally, another answer to the question, “Why is my cat always hungry?” The other answer to the question is that poor quality cat food can have the same effect on your cat. Just like people who regularly eat fast food or can only afford starchy foods, your cat will eat and eat and eat because true hunger (nutrition) cannot be satisfied.

Another question to remember is, “Why is my cat always hungry? There are some things to keep in mind when you wonder about this.

Cats have very small stomachs – a few tablespoons of canned or raw food or (not quite) a third of a cup of dog food at a time is enough to keep your cat healthy. Of course, if your cat is a 20-pound Maine Coon, he’ll need a lot more food than a petite Singaporean, so be sure to work with your veterinarian to establish the most appropriate feeding amount for your cat.

Tell us: is your cat always hungry? What are you doing to address this issue?

This article was originally published in 2015.

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