Senior Cats How They Love To Eat

Why Do Senior Cats Eat So Much

I saw this post about Senior Cats and how they love to eat and had to bring it over to my pet blog for all of you.

Perhaps this is happening to you or has happened to you. What do you do about a Senior Cat that loves to eat. I have a senior cat who does so love to eat. She is always begging for food more in the winter than the summer. My senior cat isn’t overweight. What’s going on?

That’s what I asked my vet. Answer:  Some senior cats (and all cats) eat more than other cats! I had a stool sample done, and she was clear, so back home, we go to continue feeding and feeding each day. I decided to relax about it since she isn’t overweight.

So, take a look at this post and see if it makes more sense than “some cats just eat more than others.” It did to me. As always, check with your veterinarian before making any severe changes in the management of your pets.

“Old Cat is Always Hungry” by DAN FRONTWORTH as it appeared in Pets Advisor

Many senior cat owners go crazy, trying to find out why their old cat is always hungry. The kitty will meow and meow and rub up against things until he gets more food. There are certainly ways to curtail a hungry senior cat’s appetite.

Some Suggestions

Kita Kitty

My Kita on the neighbor’s garage

Take a good look at the can or bag of food. Read the ingredients, not just the “flavor” on the front. If corn or meat by-products are the first two ingredients listed, your cat lacks quality nutrition.

Go to a pet supply store and ask them to show you some quality feline foods. Often, they will give you samples of a variety of brands so you can affordability find the one that is best for your pet.

Higher-quality cat food has an actual meat base such as chicken or lamb, not by-products. By changing your cat’s diet this way, his nutritional needs will be met, and he will feel fuller for a more extended period.

Intestinal parasites often cause a senior cat to be hungry all the time. He may seem fat and happy yet have a belly full of these nasty worms. Take a stool sample from the litter box and

Fat Cat from over eating.

Photo: Yukari/

bring it to your veterinarian for a fecal analysis. The cost is usually about 10 dollars. If your senior cat has worms, the doctor can give you pet medications to remedy the problem. Many people think that they will see the disgusting creepy-crawlies in the cat poop. That is not always true. Some worms are impossible to see without a microscope.

Some older kitties have lost interest in playing with normal toys. They change their favorite activity to eating. One way to satisfy your geriatric cat is to have him play for food. Put a few kitty treat morsels into a paper lunch bag. Fold the bag down twice and put a chip clip on it. Then, shake the bag and slide it across the floor. Your cat should chase the bag and shred it for the tasty treats.

This will not only promote exercise but will also keep your senior cat busy while hunting for treats. After all, kitties (no matter what age) love to hunt! It’s natural.

If these tricks don’t seem to help alleviate the problem, a trip to the vet is warranted.

Extreme hunger in an older cat can be a sign of many health issues that can be diagnosed by and treated by only a professional.

If your old cat is always hungry and nothing here works, call your veterinarian.

Main Photo Courtesy of Nerd Approved Blog

Lastly, if you have a cat that is dearly loved, you do need a cat carrier. Your cat carrier may save their life under certain circumstances.

At the moment, my beautiful senior cat, Kita, maybe supplementing her diet with a gopher or two since the past few days have seen her requiring less than the normal amount of food. I’ve seen her sitting next to a gopher hole for a very long time, which is so appreciated by her owner.

Any input from readers about Senior Cats and How They Love To Eat would be much appreciated. Just use the comments section below.

Kita Update

Update: Our Kita went to the Rainbow Bridge a couple of months ago. Miss Kita left so many images and memories. Her life span ended up being 26 years. She wasn’t giving up until what appeared to be a stroke one morning. Her eyes were open, but nobody was home. She gave all, and so did I. I miss you, my little Kita. See you at the Rainbow Bridge

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5 Responses to “Senior Cats How They Love To Eat”

  1. Oh, that picture of Yukari is frightening. Thanks a lot for that informative article. I agree that so much of the catfood on the market is so lacking in nutrition that they try to eat more to get the nutrition they need. I have an 18 year-old-cat and I went through this a few years ago. She was eating like crazy. Well, I bought the more expensive nutritional food for her and she really did start eating less after a while. There is definitely something to that.

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  4. Elizabeth Imbasciati says:

    Great info. I have 5 cats all came to me. One mama kitty brought me her 2 newborns. Agres from aprox 10+ yrs to 3 yrs. Love them all. Have 2 small dogs also. One 10 yrs other 16 mos. All get along beautifuly,

  5. Wow. My 12 year old cat seems to want food all the time as well. I started walking around the house and I make her follow me and lay down a treat on every lap. I can use the exercise too.

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