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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-17-2005, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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why is my cat always hungry?

My latest adopted cat, a neutered yellow male about 1yr old, is always hungry. I am feeding him Innova Evo dry mixed with Nutro and also giving him wet food at night. (Innova, wellness, sometimes fancy feast)
he is constantly meowing at our heels beggin for food even when his bowl is full. we love on him and give him treats but its like he cannot get satisfied either food wise or attention. he has a great personality and the kids adore him but he acts like he is starving. Sometimes he will scarf down his wet so fast he throws it right up and is hungry shortly afterwards. he isnt too interested in the dry but I cannot afford all wet so I allow them all to free feed dry. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-17-2005, 10:20 PM
 
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I think a couple of paragraphs from behaviorist John C. Wright Ph.D. will be helpful to you. Especially since this kitty is not interested in the dry food you leave out and so he is not eating enough. Therefore he truly is hungry all the time. He is starving.

"The most important thing to know about a cat's behavior relating to food is that cats are naturally nibblers. Active cats prefer to eat somewhere between twelve and twenty very small portions a day. They are diurnal eaters, which means they eat both during the day and the night.
This is why they prefer to be fed "ad lib" rather than only at fixed mealtimes two or three times a day with the food removed.

If you ignore your cat's natural eating preferences and take the bowl away after a few minutes, you run the risk of allowing a bad habit to develop. The cat may learn that the only way to get enough food is to race up to the bowl when you set it down, gobble up as much as possible before to snatch it away, and - because this is not the eating pattern for which the feline digestive system was designed - promptly regurgitate it onto the white broadloom. Or worse."

Translating this to your situation. Give this kitty small portions of canned food more often and make up for it in the budget somewhere else.
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