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Old 01-29-2009, 09:41 PM
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Default Cat begs for for relentlessly

My cat is driving me insane, he begs for food absolutely relentlessly. What to do?
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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..give him more food?
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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Your little carnivore probably just needs meat, that's all. Feeding Your Cat** Know the Basi

Look in the food's ingredients. Are the ingredients corn and other "stuff"?.

Just give it some meat, or grab some cat food with meat as ingredients. This should fix him (once you've gotten him un-addicted to the yummy additives in his food -- good luck with that :>)

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Old 01-29-2009, 10:40 PM
 
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Once you are sure that you are playing with him enough and this is not a way of his getting attention, I would try varying his food.
Do NOT overfeed him. Shortening his life in that way is not solving a problem, but could be paving the way for health problems and high medical bills further down the line.

We give our cat Sheba and Fancy Feast Medleys. They cost a bit more, but we find when he eats the better foods his coat is nicer and he becomes more active, so although they all have minimum requirements, he is doing better on the 'better' foods.
Also, we give him a mixture of several dry foods. We actually mix them in an airtight canister, several cups of two or three brands and scoop from that once a day.
We find that he loves the wet food and just nibbles on the dry during the day. We only put down enough dry food for one day so he does not over eat.

His breeder lives in Upstate New York, near farms. She buys meat from a farmer/butcher at reduced cost and veggies at a deal from a grocer. Of coarse, she works regularly with a vet and knows what she is doing, but she knows fresh food is better for us than the processed junk, so she treats her cats to this, as well.

Sometimes an animal will display an increased appetite if his individual vitamin needs are not being met in the food he's getting. We humans often have different requirements from the 'norm', too.

Frustration will make us, and them, eat more. What do they need? Warmth, playful interaction, petting and love - many of these things are different depending on the animal.

There is always the restricted caloric dry foods that some companies make, usually for older cats, so with these you PERHAPS could feed him a bit more without his gaining weight.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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How old is your cat? Has he lost or gained weight recently? Does he drink excessively also?
He could have hyperthyroidism, diabetes, fatty liver, cancer or a variety of other illnesses that cause this kind of voracious appetite.
I think he would benefit from a visit to a good vet.
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:40 AM
 
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How old is your cat? Has he lost or gained weight recently? Does he drink excessively also?
He could have hyperthyroidism, diabetes, fatty liver, cancer or a variety of other illnesses that cause this kind of voracious appetite.
I think he would benefit from a visit to a good vet.
Yes, yes. Always check health first.
You are so right.
Sorry I did not reiterate that.
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