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Q: Why would my older cat want to eat constantly?

August 14, 2008 | By Terri H. | 4 answers | Expired: 2060 days ago

My 18 yr old cat seemed to always be hungry. We figured it was because she was not able to eat as much of her hard food now that she's older. So we started giving her soft food twice a day instead of just once. Now, we screams for food all the time. She isn't gaining weight being fed extra. And now, it's getting earlier and earlier in the morning. What started out as 6:30 a.m. has now worked it's way back to 4:30 a.m. She eats her evening meal at 8.

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Karen W.
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Aug 17, 2008

I am beginning to think, that it's just because they're cats. I have the same problem with my cat, Mitzi. She's a little over a year old, and she wants to eat all the time. I try not to give her too much of the canned food, but every time I open the fridge door, there she is, meowing and begging for more. It's hard, not to always give in to her, but I try. She'll eat any time of the day and night. I think that's simply the way that cats are. They get bored and tired, like we do, and they want to " munch " like we do. You think ?.

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Ethel02
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Aug 15, 2008

I've never had cats but I would just call the Vet and ask if she should have a check because she's not gaining weight while eating more, but I think she just might like the food more and wet food is not as filling as dry, I know my Black Lab would eat 24/7 if I let her, she's a rescue and was underweight and abused and didn't care much about food that was yrs ago and she was around 8 I put er on a different food and some mornings she does wake me not to go out but she sits and stares at her food bowl. Good Luck and I hope she just loves her food

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Jessica H.
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Aug 14, 2008

ANY change in dietary habits at any age, especially one as drastic as you're implying, needs medical attention. This is more serious in older cats as it could be any number of health problems with organs not functioning correctly. When was the last time you had bloodwork done on your geriatric cat? Any cat over seven years old is RECOMMENDED to have bloodwork done every 6 months, and at the very least once a year. If you aren't doing that, I STRONGLY urge you to visit the vet ASAP for a physical and bloodwork done. Even if the dietary habits heed nothing, you NEED bloodwork done routinely, especially on a cat that old!

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Ronatha
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Aug 14, 2008

This is something you need to take her to the vet for ASAP! The most common reason for this (although not the only one) is for hyperthyroidsm. I recently had my own cat treated for it because we noticed a chnge in her thyroid values on her routine blood screen when we took her in for a dental. They have a few treatments available and some work better and are certainly safer than others. They are medication (several side effects!!) or the I131 treatment which is the best and easiest on the cat. The radioisotope treatment (I131) can be as costly as $1,000 but worth it and is like a miracle!!

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