You keep buying new food supplies way too often because your furry friend just seems to never have enough?
They keep waiting for the next meal like they didn’t anything for the entire day and once they are done they seem to get hungry very fast, eating the last pieces of cat food from the bowl?
If this scenario seems familiar to you, and you are wondering why are they constantly hungry, yet are not gaining weight, you are in the right place. This text is all about hungry kitties that keep the slim figure but eat a lot.
The big truth is, no matter how hard you try to ensure your furry friend gets a healthy, protein, vitamin and mineral-rich diet, sometimes your management of their diet is not enough to keep them healthy.
Just like us, cats have a metabolic system and some are more prone to gaining weight while others tend to stay on the skinny side. And while it may be that the very body constitution of your cat's body is more on the lean side, it is more likely that your little fella has some underlying medical problems that keep them on the skinny side, no matter how much they eat. Them eating a lot and not gaining weight is not only an issue fo the owner who needs to cater to their cat’s needs, but it is first and foremost something that needs to be addressed and thought about.
What are the possible causes of overeating in cats?
Some of the major causes of overeating in cats can be found in a not so balanced metabolic system. Hyperthyroidism in cats is a major issue and its symptoms are a combination of increased appetite and simultaneous weight loss, while some cats may also get very hyperactive.
Cat overeating due to thyroid issues (hyperthyroidism) can be addressed by a veterinarian, but an owner can get a hint of whether their beloved furry friend is suffering from an overactive thyroid.
Some other symptoms include greasy and bad looking fur and possible vomiting and if your cat shows any of these signs it is possible that they are not being just food-greedy, but actually have a natural drive to eat more, due to their hyperactive metabolism or even hyperthyroidism, which drives to overeat.
While highly common, however, their thyroid gland is not always the main thing to blame. Cats sometimes overeat due to psychological and emotional issues they are dealing with.
Yep, you read this right. There is no wonder cat owners can bond som much with their furry friends, when they, just like us, simply eat a lot when they are sad. Because cats cat talks about their issues and gets a professional therapist as we do, one of the major signs they are depressed is overeating. In case they seem to be rather cheerful and active, acting pretty much normal it can be that it is not depression, but an obsessive eating habit your cat has developed over time.
Sometimes, when cats are stressed or not trained enough, they can get super greedy with food, having a compulsion to eat all the time. And while this is better than them being depressed, it is equally hard to deal with.
Diabetes is also one of the possible causes of not being able to say no to food, even when you think they should be full already. Once a cat’s body fails to produce or use insulin properly, their organism needs to compensate by making them hungry, so they can get more needed energy.
Intestinal and bowel problems may also be one of the problems your kitty deals with, so not to gamble with their health, it is always wise to et they checked at doctors to get the right diagnosis and proper treatment, especially if overeating is something you've seen them do for some time already.
How do You Your Cat to Stop Overeating?
Now that we have gone through al the possible causes and symptoms you can look for in your cat’s behavior to figure out why they are overeating, it is time to examine all the best ways you can help them with the issue.
Because overeating can go from mild to hardcore overeating, and symptoms can vary, the first thing you need to do is make sure they are checked at the veterinarian in order to eliminate the possibility of a disease so your furry fella can get the right treatment and get better as soon as possible.
This is important because when all the biological causes are eliminated, what remains are psychological, behavioral and emotional issues to deal with and this is where you, their beloved caretaker and a best friend step on the scene.
If you are lucky and your cat is healthy, you will just need to do some training to stop them from indulging in such compulsive behaviors like making the bowl full of cat food become empty within seconds disappear.
Things you can do is give them less food and dose it more carefully. Instead of putting a whole meal in the bowl, you can sit with them and feed them like you would a baby, which is piece by piece of food.
Spead out their major meals into a few smaller ones and decrease the daily calorie intake little by little to make them adjust to the new meal schedule more easily.
In case they are depressed, try doing everything you would do for a depressed friend just in this case an animal friend. Spend more quality time with them, pet them, praise them when they do something great and make sure they have a daily regime to stick to, meals included.