- Aug 1, 2018
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I have posted about our 12 year old Tuxie before, and her ravenous appetite. For the last few months we seemed to have it under control. We feed an even combo of wet food and dry food, grain free both from Earthborn. She is overweight, 17 pounds and has been for most of her life. We got a feeder and set it for 4:30 am on the weekdays and then for 4:30 and 8:30 am on weekends so we can sleep a bit longer. Prior to this she would constantly ask for food, but this cut down on that substantially. But in the past two weeks, it’s started up again and this time it’s worse. It started with her beginning to beg for food an hour before feeding time, then two hours, now three hours, so basically she is constantly begging. We stick to the feeding schedule so her begging does not get her fed sooner, and we ignore her when she begs, but it does not stop. She cries like she is in pain, she comes up to myself or my fiance and taps us relentlessly with her paw. Anytime someone gets up or moves she runs after them at their feet almost tripping them trying to get food. When we finally put it down she gobbles it down like it’s running away and is finished in under a minute. She then starts again asking for food almost immediately. She is not sick, her thyroid has been tested many times, she’s been put on diet prescription food, she is not diabetic, there is nothing physically wrong with her. She just always wants to eat. The only time she is not asking to eat is when she is sleeping. She is getting high quality, high protein food, and the recommended daily calories. She constantly tries to trick the automatic feeder, she will spend hours sticking her paw up trying to get more food out of it. If you leave a plate out with anything on it she will eat it, so we have to be very careful. Why does this keep happening? I mean this cat would eat all day everyday if we allowed her to. Is this a psychological issue? Do we need to get her on some sort of medication? She has plenty of stimulation, it’s not boredom.