Most cat owners are pretty in-tune with their cat’s eating habits. When a cat owner starts to notice that their cat isn’t eating for a few days, they can quickly start to worry and will take their feline to the vet for a check. But just as avoiding eating can be a sign of a health issue, so can a cat’s need and desire to constantly eat. A cat who seems to constantly be at his food bowl and never seems to get enough, may have any one of a number of health concerns. Here are some reasons your cat is always hungry.
1. Bored and lonely
Pets get bored too, and when they do, they can develop different behaviors than their norm. While some dogs get destructive when they are bored or lonely, some will over eat or become bigger sleepers. Cats can do the same, with one of the biggest behavioral issues related to boredom and loneliness, is the constant desire to eat. It is their way of soothing themselves. If there have been any changes to their routine, such as being left alone more, try to spend more time with your cat when you are home. Create fun things for your feline to do to keep them busy, such as play towers, both vertical and horizontal. The more they have to do, the less they’ll want to eat continuously.
2. Your cat’s nutritional needs are not being met
People can go through the same feeling of not feeling fulfilled after a meal. Foods that are low in nutrition, like fast food for instance, can leave you still feeling hungry shortly after you finished your meal. A cat feels the same way if their food isn’t the best nutritional quality. If your cat isn’t on a high quality diet and nutrient rich, you should switch his diet to a more nutrient-dense diet that tastes better too. Canned food offers more of these qualities over kibbles, and can help satisfy his hunger. Typically, a cat should eat a couple of tablespoons of canned or raw food, or a 1/3 cup of kibble for each meal. These two types of food should never be served at the same time, but one or the other.
Animals can suffer depression, anxiety, and grieve over the loss of something, just like humans. They also can take-up similar behaviors when it happens, such as eating a lot more. If you have gone through any changes recently that may have upset your kitty’s routine, or has impacted his life just before he started his increased eating behavior, work on trying to bring him out of his shell by spending more time with him, reassuring him, and having more interactive playtime. It may take time, but letting him know he is loved and you are there for him, can do wonders for his little spirit.
4. Your cat might have worms
Cats can get worms, including the type known as round worms. These worms will actually eat the cat’s nutrition from within, depleting them of the nutrition they need. This can cause your cat to feel hungry more often and to add to it, an infestation of round worms can cause a cat to become fat in his appearance, which happens as the worms grow. This is something that needs to be treated by a veterinarian.
5. Hypothyroidism and diabetes
Both of these medical issues can cause a cat to have excessive hunger, due to the fact that they are metabolic diseases. They are both in need of medical treatment, and once diagnosed, treatment is usually successful, which means your cat go on to live a happy life.