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What causes excessive eating in cats?

What causes excessive eating in cats?

Cats that are always hungry yet never gain weight may be suffering with an underlying disease or ailment. Some of the common causes of an increased appetite are: Worms: Worms, or intestinal parasites, feed off what your cat eats and steal most of the nutrition from their food.

Why do my cats act like they’re starving?

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 does my cat not stop eating?

Primary causes of polyphagia can be behavioral or psychogenic. Reduction of stress, associating food with pleasure, simply liking a particularly palatable food — all might initiate eating too much. Failure to regulate the appetite centers because of a brain disorder is less common, but also possible.

Why is my cat always hungry and begging for food?

Why are my cats always hungry? A recent article in Catster lists five likely reasons your cat begs for food - worms, disease, boredom, depression, and nutritionally deficient food. A cat with worms eats ravenously since the roundworms suck all the nutrition right out of your pet’s body.

Will cats stop eating when full?

I often get asked what, how much, and when to feed dogs and cats. I don’t have a standard answer, because it depends on the specific animal. Some animals can be free-fed and will stop eating when they are full, while others will gain weight with just the occasional table scrap.

Why is my cat throwing up undigested food?

If your cat vomits undigested food, it can be a sign of a serious illness. Some of these can include things like hairballs, internal obstructions, pancreatitis, eating too quickly, constipation, indigestion, parasitic infections, poisoning, stress, depression, or even anxiety.

What are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats?

The most common sign of hyperthyroidism in cats is weight loss despite an increased appetite. Other common signs include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, drinking and urinating more than normal, and an unkempt hair coat. Because the disease develops gradually, signs are often easy to miss at first.

Should I let my cat eat as much as he wants?

It may seem like a good idea to help your cat lose weight by reducing the quantity of her food or changing the food she eats. But reducing the quantity of food could lead to hepatic lipidosis, a potentially fatal liver condition, and sudden food changes can result in vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Can I feed my cat 3 times a day?

While kittens should be fed up to three times a day, once a cat becomes an adult (at about one year of age) feeding once or twice a day is just fine, says the Cornell Feline Health Center. In fact, feeding just once a day should be acceptable for the majority of cats.

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