Orange Ruffy

What do I do about a cat that won't stop eating and is always hungry?

Ruffy is a rescued cat, we've had him 2 1/2 years. He is always hungry and I mean always. He won't eat dry cat food at all, but is constantly wanting to be fed.
Our vet says aside from being FIV+ he's a healthy cat, and has actually recommended that he be cut back on food, because he's now 14lbs. Our thing is that he's constantly hungry, despite this, and will steal from the other two cats...he gulps his food and will go and check out their dishes. As both of them are dainty eaters, and don't eat all their meal at the same time, they are out of luck if he's around. I am wondering with him if this is an emotional issue...he was very thin when we found him-or rather he found us. However, we are concerned about his health. We do play with him, and he spends most of our non working time with us. We love our cats, and want them to live wonderful healthy long lives. Does anyone have any suggestions? He's fed 1/2 can in the morning 1/2 at nt, and 1/2 at 4pm. He's an indoor only cat.


Asked by Orange Ruffy on Aug 3rd 2010 in Food & Nutrition
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Sassy (2001-2012)

You're probably right that it is an emotiaonal issue and he's never forgot when he was hungry and never knew when his next meal was coming from. Since the vet has confirmed he's healthy and he's a good weight I don't think it is a health issue.

It sounds cranky but if there is someone in your area that does animal reike you could try that as it can be effective with anxiety and emotional issues.

You could also try different things with his food so he has less anxiety. Maybe get an automatic feeder so you can serve a larger number of smaller meals though the day so he knows he won't have to wait long til the next meal. Or maybe go the opposite direction and put down more food than he can actually eat so he leaves food in the bowl and doesn't get stressed over the empty bowl. He could end up overeating to start with but if it reduces his anxiety it could work. Also most wet foods are pretty good but check out the protein levels and make sure it has meat as the 1st ingredient


Sassy (2001-2012) answered on 8/4/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Shadow

What kind of wet food are you feeding? Feed a higher protein wet food, like Wellness, or Evo this will satisfy your cat more. Also can you feed your cat seperately from the other cats? He is probably scared that the other cats will eat all his food.
Look on the can of food or the companies web site to find out how many calories are in the food.
Take the weight of your cat times that by 13.6 and add 70 this will give you the amount of calories to feed your cat in a day. It is great that you are feeding all wet to him. :)
Go to a site called catinfo.org .great info there for you.


Shadow answered on 8/7/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer