My cat is always hungry and meowing for food. What is the cause and treatment?
Original Question: Hi, I just want to ask, why is my cat always hungry? He keeps on meowing and begging for food. He thinks that every time I come from work or I come in from outside he thinks I will give him food. He will continue to follow me even though before I go to work I gave him canned food. Even at night he will come to me at my bed and will beg for food again. If I don’t give him attention he will bite me but not a serious bite. Is there a proper timing to give him canned food? Or is he sick? Every how many hours should I feed him? How many canned foods a day? Is he sick? Hopefully not. Thank you in advance. - Laurene
Thanks for your question.
The symptom you’re describing is called polyphagia. It is seen as an increase in food intake and it is indeed related to a few common medical conditions that cats can get. Hyperthyroidism and Diabetes Mellitus would be the most common causes. Lesser possibilities are digestive issues, parasites, and heart disease to name a few. The common conditions can be diagnosed with blood work and a urinalysis, with the less common conditions being diagnosed with a parasite test and radiographs or an ultrasound. I would strongly recommend you visit your veterinarian to have a few tests done.
It is unlikely but it’s possible it could be behavioural. I don’t recall ever seeing a case of it but in order to determine if it is, you first have to do the testing to rule out all medical conditions.
Good luck and I hope this helps.
Dr. Clayton Greenway
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