Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.
5 Reasons Your Cat is Extremely Hungry
Your slideshow will start shortly.
Diabetes mellitus is a disease that causes your cat to either have an absolute shortage of insulin (Type I), or an incorrect response from the cells to the insulin that is being produced (Type II). Both of these conditions will prevent your cat’s muscles and organs from converting glucose to energy, and will result in excessive amounts of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia). Increased appetite and thirst are among the most common signs associated with diabetes in cats.
Hyperthyroidism is a disease caused by overproduction of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone. Normally thyroid hormones increase chemical processes occurring within the cells of your pet’s body. However, in hyperthyroidism, the excessive hormone levels push the cells and body into overdrive, resulting in increased metabolism and often increased appetite.
3. Inflammatory Bowel Problems
Hungry cat? It may be possible that your cat is not properly absorbing the nutrients of his food due to a gastrointestinal problem such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This in turn often leads to weight loss and increased appetite, among other things. IBD can affect cats at any age but is more common in middle-aged and older cats.
4. Intestinal Cancer
There are several types of gastrointestinal cancers that can afflict your cat’s stomach and intestines with tumors, including adenocarcinoma and leiomyosarcoma. Many of these types of cancer will cause increased appetite in your cat due to the malabsoption of food.
5. Old Age
As your cat gets older she may undergo behavioral or physical problems — such as the diseases already discussed here — which in turn can cause issues such as increased appetite.
What to Do for Your Hungry Cat?
It’s important to visit a veterinarian if your cat ever undergoes an unexpected change in behavior. They can help identify the underlying cause and hopefully treat it. In the case of a sudden increase in appetite, you will want to ask your veterinarian if a change in diet is also required. There may be a therapeutic diet that may help your pet’s condition as well as caloric intake to consider.
Additional SlideshowsWhat's New Dog Cat
|9 Ways You Can Be the BEST New Pet Parent on the Block||9 Ways You Can Be the BEST New Pet Parent on the Block||10 Hypoallergenic Cats||Does Your Dog Food Have these 6 Vegetables?||5 Ways to Help Your Cat Stay Disease Free|
|Top Ten Pet Assistants||Top Three Reasons Dogs Are Like Kids||Five Essential To-dos Before Bringing a New Pet Home||8 Common Snacks That Will Prompt a Portly Pet||Tick-Borne Diseases and Your Pet|
|5 Tips for Choosing Kitten Food||3 Things You NEED To Know About Where Cat Food Ingredients Come From||Top Ten Reasons to Hug your Cat||Top 10 Cat Breeds for Kids||Top Ten Reasons You Should Adopt a Cat|