You may be asking yourself why does my cat always seem to be hungry? As you probably already know, cats are not food-oriented like dogs, so acting hungry all the time or begging for food between feedings is not normal. While it might be a health problem, it can also be related to the type of food you are feeding your cat.
Here are some of the top reasons why your cat may be eating more than usual.
Diabetes or Hyperthyroidism
Both diabetes and hyperthyroidism can cause an increase in appetite. Diabetes causes hunger because your cat’s body can’t convert sugar to energy. In the case of hyperthyroidism, it is because your cat is burning too many calories and the food intake isn’t enough to sustain them. The nutrition doesn’t have time to even get to the body. In either case, if you notice your cat losing weight even though they are eating constantly that is a red flag. If you suspect either of these get your cat to the vet as soon as possible.
Low Quality versus High Quality Cat Food
Poor-quality cat food can have a similar effect on someone who eats fast food. Your cat is not getting high quality cat food and not getting the essential nutrients that their body truly craves. When your cat is eating a high quality cat food, it will make them fuller longer. Quality lean proteins will help develop strong muscles and a healthy heart.
Bored, Lonely or Depressed
Like humans, if a cat is bored, they may entertain themselves by eating. You may need to give your cat some stimulation from toys. One popular way to engage a bored cat is by getting them puzzle toys. They keep your cat’s mind engaged and there is a treat in the end for them. They just have to work for it.
Overeating can be a self-soothing behavior in a cat. Try to engage your kitty in interactive play. A little attention may fix the problem.
Are you giving your cat the proper food amount? This may be the first thing to consider when trying to decide why your cat seems hungry all the time. The recommendation to feeding your cat is between 24 to 35 calories a day per pound, and this will maintain a healthy weight. However, size, age, amount of exercise are all factors. If you are not sure how much food your cat requires, it is best to consult with your vet.
These are some of the most common reasons as to why your furry pal is constantly looking for food. A proper diet, attention, and activity may be the answer. Consider looking into high quality food as a way to ensure your cat is getting the proper nutrients, vitamins, and hydration. However, it is always a good idea to ask your vet to confirm that there isn’t a medical condition contributing to your cat’s increase in appetite.