Wondering why your cat is always hungry and meowing for more food? Well, this could be caused by a few different things. The most important thing is that they still want to eat, as a lack of appetite and no eating altogether requires a trip to the veterinarian. But if your cat seems constantly hungry this could be a sign of more serious health issues.

Reasons They Might Be Hungry

While many cats look forward to mealtime and can be a bit impatient, it gets to the point where constantly acting hungry could be a sign your cat is ill. Here are some common reasons why your cat might be constantly acting starving:

Hyperthyroidism

Just like in humans, hyperthyroidism is when there is too much thyroid hormone in the blood. This excess thyroid hormone is speeding up the cat’s metabolic rate. This can result in the cat’s body using the energy received from food very quickly. The cat could become very hungry for more food and begin to lose weight.

If your cat is vomiting more often, urinating more, having diarrhea, or experiencing a very dry coat, then it is time to bring them to the vet. Pet insurance for cats will cover the different diagnostic tests needed to diagnose their hunger, as well as any prescribed medications.

Digestive Problems

Cats with IBS and other intestinal diseases can have increased intestinal inflammation. This inflammation directly affects a cat’s ability to absorb nutrients. So often, a lot of important nutrients are getting lost. This can lead to an increased appetite as well as weight loss.

Usually, the diagnosis of different intestinal issues can be done through bloodwork or cat feces tests. Cat feces tests, cat bloodwork, and cat urinalysis are all covered through pet health insurance that covers wellness, like Wagmo Wellness!

Pet insurance for cats helps offer cat owners peace of mind that if they do need to bring their cat in for some testing, that they can afford it.

Old Age

Once a cat reaches around the age of 13 their body has a harder time digesting fat and proteins. If your cat is having a harder time digesting protein it can go into a calorie deficit and begin losing weight. It is okay to begin feeding your more elderly cats more, allowing them to get the calories they need.

However, even if the vet suspects age is the issue, it is still important they run tests to ensure it isn’t anything more serious. They should be running diagnostic tests to rule out diabetes, hypertension, intestinal issues, and lymphoma.

Parasites

Intestinal parasites such as worms in cats could be to blame for hunger. There are a few different types of worm parasites that our animals can contract, and some can even be transmitted to humans from infected cats. Worms in cats basically feed off of the food that the cat ingests. This can affect a cat’s energy levels as well as cause them to lose weight. You might also notice an increase in diarrhea and vomiting.

To diagnose worms in cats vets have to conduct cat feces tests along with other exams they might feel is necessary. Worms in cats are more common than you think, especially for kittens and younger cats who spend a lot of time outdoors. Vaccinations and dewormer medications are the best way to help ensure your cat does not contract any worm parasites.

Boredom

Your cat constantly meowing for more food, or maybe just in general, might be because they are bored or depressed. In the wild, cats love to hunt, stalk prey, climb trees, and play. If your cat has limited options in terms of play, it could become lonely and depressed.

Often you can combat their meows by playing with them more and offering them more attention. You can also try feeding them smaller meals more times per day and playing with them in between. Catching the mouse toy and then enjoying a meal more often could help them feel like they are successful hunters.

In our experience, multiple cats are great at keeping each other entertained and they will play, sleep, and ‘hunt’ together, often resulting in less begging and meowing. Adopting another animal is always a good call in our books.

Pet insurance for cats and cat wellness plans can help cover all of your bases. Pet insurance for cats offers you the financial freedom to bring your cat to the emergency vet when they become ill. It also helps cover the costs of diagnostic exams and prescription medications. Pet insurance that covers wellness is also awesome for routine examinations such as bloodwork, urinalysis, annual fecal tests, and more.

If you’re interested in pet insurance that covers wellness, check out Wagmo Insurance and Wagmo Wellness.
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