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Why is my senior cat hungry all the time?

Why is my senior cat hungry all the time?

Aging. The natural changes that happen with aging can make a cat hungry all the time, too, Dr. Murphy says. As animals get older, their ability to digest fat and protein decreases while their energy requirements increase, she says, adding that in cats, the shift happens at around age 13.

Should senior cats eat more?

Calorie control in mature and senior cats usually means reducing calorie consumption by approximately 20-30%. In geriatric cats, it may be more important to increase their caloric intake to sustain a normal physique as their body condition and weight naturally declines with advanced age.

Why is my cat suddenly overeating?

Some things that can cause an increased appetite are kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and intestinal parasites.

How much should a senior cat eat each day?

Most senior cats will have about the same caloric needs as an adult cat—roughly 280 to 360 daily calories depending on the normal lean weight—as long as they are healthy. Some older cats will actually have an increase in energy requirements.

Why is my 16 year old cat so skinny?

Well-recognized causes of weight loss in old cats include chronic renal disease, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, and dental problems. Most are readily suspected and confirmed based on physical examination and routine laboratory testing.

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.

What should I feed my 15 year old cat?

Raw or “gently cooked” fresh food is an excellent diet for elderly cats. Dr. Becker recommends that if it is impossible to feed raw that dehydrated or freeze-dried balanced food reconstituted with plenty of water is good second choice. However, feeding an all dry-food diet in the long run will cause problems.

Why does my cat constantly want to eat?

Why is my 13 year old cat always hungry?

Ageing. Cats’ appetite changes as they grow older. For some felines this means a bigger appetite and looking for indulging treats more often. However, it’s best to make sure the vet rules out the medical conditions mentioned above before blaming the senior years for your cat’s newly-found love for food.

Is Wet food better for senior cats?

Wet food is easier for many senior cats to manage, and the increased moisture content is important for digestion and kidney health as well. If your cat insists on dry food, try using moisture-rich wet food as a topper.

Why does my cat want to eat every 2 hours?

Common medical reasons that may explain why your cat is wants to eat all the time are worms (parasite), diabetes mellitus , hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), a tumor, insulin shock, a metabolic disorder, and many others.

Is it normal for a 12 year old cat to lose weight?

As they progress through to 12 and 15 years old, cats lose more lean muscle mass and fat, so they start to look thinner. The exact reasons why are unclear, but keeping your older cat on the same food might play a role.