Why is my cat hungry all the time?

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Nancy Mickleberry:
My cat Dixie, or kitten rather since she is 11 months old, is hungry all the time. She has been checked for worms, I don't see any signs of worms in her stools. I feed her 3 times per day a mix of Purina Pro Plan canned food and Purina Pro Plan dry food, I mix one half of the small cans with about 2 tablespoons of dry together. She is already overweight, I can't feel her ribs. Why does she want to eat all the time? I even have to feed her and my 17 yr old cat separately so she want it its food too. She will even eat our dogs dry food if he leaves some in his bowl. Last time she ate the dogs food it gave her diarrhea and she vomited.
Does Dixie have an eating disorder? A mental problem maybe from the shelter where perhaps she had to always fight for food? I have had her now for 8 months and never have I skipped meals for her. Please help! She is driving us crazy.
Nancy and Dixie
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Brandy  Alexandre < >:
[nq:1]My cat Dixie, or kitten rather since she is 11 months old, is hungry all the time. She has been ... 8 months and never have I skipped meals for her. Please help! She is driving us crazy. Nancy and Dixie[/nq]
Probably having a growth spurt? Kami was suddenly hungrier last week for three days. Instead of one can, she had one and half. Then it stopped. :::shrug:::
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kaeli:
[nq:1]Does Dixie have an eating disorder? A mental problem maybe from the shelter where perhaps she had to always fight for food? I have had her now for 8 months and never have I skipped meals for her. Please help! She is driving us crazy.[/nq]
Assuming nothing is physically wrong (only a vet visit can tell you that), she's probably just a food hound. My dog acts the same way and she's not exactly skinny. She'd eat until she exploded. And my Jeffrey ate himself sick many, many times until he realized the food was always going to be there. And he still does it occasionally. He came froma cat collector with over 70 cats from what the shelter worker told me. (I free-feed the cats)
Might I ask how you know she is hungry and what drives you crazy? If she is crying, she may want something besides food, like water, love, attention, etc.
My Rowan jumps on the counter near the food bowls and yells every morning. This is not because she is hungry - there is food there. It is because she wants her morning pet and a treat, which is in the cabinet just above the counter.

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Cathy Friedmann:
[nq:1]My cat Dixie, or kitten rather since she is 11 months old, is hungry all the time. She has been ... 8 months and never have I skipped meals for her. Please help! She is driving us crazy. Nancy and Dixie[/nq]
Provided there's no medical condition - such as hyperthyroidism (unlikely at a young age) or as you mentioned, worms, then it might very well be a learned behavior. One of my past cats was always begging for food. My sister'd found her when she was less than a year old, as a literally starving stray, in the middle of February (cold!). Food was forever on her mind. She also would eat her own food, then move on & finish off the food in my other cat's dish (the other cat was an all-day grazer, & ate exactly the right amount - never got fat). Plus she'd beg throughout the day. Eventually, I had to put her on a diet - the amount recommended by a vet, so that she'd lose weight slowly, but steadily.
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Nancy Mickleberry:
She begs everytime we go into the kitchen. She jumps up on the counters and searches for food there. If I have meat defrosting she will try to get at it.
She comes in the rooms where I am around her designated meal times and jumps on me, cries. She cries outside the bedroom door in the morning before we get up.
At other times she comes in other rooms and tries to lead me to the kitchen to feed her. She fights my older cat and runs her out of the kitchen because she thinks the other cat will get her food.

I guess I need to consult the vet. By the way, she has been like this ever since I got her at 8 weeks old. This is not new behavior.

Nancy
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Fan:
[nq:1]My cat Dixie, or kitten rather since she is 11 months old, is hungry all the time. She has been ... 8 months and never have I skipped meals for her. Please help! She is driving us crazy. Nancy and Dixie[/nq]
There have already been some good posts in reply to this so I won't repeat them. Another issue for constant hunger could be diabetes, but that does NOT sound like this situation. There are several kinds of worms and other parasites that can not been seen by the naked eye. Only testing will diagnose that, but again, it does not sound like your situation.
One of my cats often crys for canned food. The others will eat it, if it is there, but they don't care enough to ask for it, or even to wait to see if I'm going to open a can when I go to the kitchen. That same cat loves bread, perhaps more than most other food. She insists on inspecting everything that a human has to eat to see if it would be better suited to her palate than to the human's.
If you give her the "wrong" flavor of canned food, she turns her nose up at it and starts crying again. Can you say spoiled? This is partly a learned behavior, she knows that I will give in so she pushes the issue.
This reminds me of the old saying "You should not ask the Salvation Army for help with this problem...They help the needy, not the greedy." LOL

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Karen Chuplis:
[nq:1]She begs everytime we go into the kitchen. She jumps up on the counters and searches for food there. If ... she has been like this ever since I got her at 8 weeks old. This is not new behavior. Nancy[/nq]
My cats ate like little fiends until they were over a year. On the other hand, she may be bored. Does she have a companion?

Karen
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Sherry:
[nq:1]Does Dixie have an eating disorder? A mental problem maybe from the shelter where perhaps she had to always fight ... 8 months and never have I skipped meals for her. Please help! She is driving us crazy. Nancy and Dixie[/nq]
I've had strays who were "opportunistic eaters." They didn't know where the next meal was coming from for so long they'd gobble food any chance they got, hungry or it. Unfortunately, no amount of security ever changed one of mine and he got dreadfully overweight. My fault. If I had it to do over again, I'd have been more careful.
Sherry
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Mary:
[nq:1]I guess I need to consult the vet. By the way, she has been likethis ever since I got her at 8 weeks old. This is not new behavior.[/nq]
I think you are wise. She sounds like she has either a physical or emotional problem. Poor baby. Bless you for rescuing her. Keep us posted.
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