My cats can never get enough food!

@indywahm (808)
United States
February 8, 2007 8:18am CST
They just eat and eat and we can not keep up with them. We are always feeding them. They go through a 35 pound bag of food that we get every week at the local feed store and they still act like they have never eaten. Plus we have to feed some strays. It is getting to be too much. They eat more then our rottie and shepherd!! I am seriously going to look into getting rid of a few cats.
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21 responses
8 Feb 07
Are your cats skinny? It could be that they have big appetites because there is always a lot of food around for them. I would see if you can reduce the food a bit. Cats are natural hunters so if they are hungry they will find a way of sourcing their own food, so I wouldn't worry too much.
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@Willowlady (10665)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Cannot imagine the problem unless it is because it is just dry food. Our are eating more with the cold so yes we feed them more. We have 5. We feed 8 pound crunchie bag over 2 weeks and then feed a 13 ounce can morning and night for them all. They love to eat the scraps we have left from dinner too. They also come and go and I know that they hunt. They are fully furred, glossy, shiny eyed, purr alot to encourage more sharing! LOl. If you get rid of them I hope you adopt them out or call the pound! Preferable a no kill shelter.
• United States
9 Feb 07
Sadly there are very few no kill shelters. Even getting a cat into a pound is hard. I had to give up my cats and we could not get them into any pound unless we were willing to have them put down as soon as they got there. They should make low cost spaying/neutering more easily available and they could lower the over population.
@secret4u (105)
• Pakistan
9 Feb 07
you didnt give her enough food.
@iluvujoy (311)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
That is a good decision. I also love cats but I have no time to take care of them so I will just have them if I can have time for them-cats.
• Malaysia
9 Feb 07
that's sound so weird. i think you should watch them when they are eating. is it true they finish the food by themselves? besides, you should bring them to the doctor, see what hapen to them. i'm afraid they got some disease.
• United States
9 Feb 07
The problem is with you,your the feeder.Plus when you are over feeding them,you are depriving them of the need to hunt,of the need to be who they are meant to be.
@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
9 Feb 07
My cat is 12 pounds and the vet said that if he gets any bigger, I should reduce his food. Are any of your cats overweight? 35# a week?! Um... how many cats do you have? ;)
@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
9 Feb 07
Sorry to hear, but I think, you simply can't put blame on these innocent creatures as they are helpless. It is found that pet owners often force feed their pets in their early stage and it gradually turns out to be a habit. You can consult a Vet. for this problem. That is the best way to get rid of this trouble.
@nice52 (2)
• Mexico
9 Feb 07
There is a very rare sickness in cats that cause them to eat too much. check with a vet.
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
Like people we should discipline our pets in their eating habits. Feed your cats 3 times a day just enough not too much and give them water to drink. Have a time when you will feed them..If you keep feeding them even if it's not their time to eat they will abuse your food..
@sandphinx (131)
8 Feb 07
Have you wormed your cats recently. This is often a common cause of cats overeating. They should be wormed every three to six months. One of the signs of worms at its worst is a pot belly.
• Romania
8 Feb 07
give them one bag of food
@rosie_123 (6116)
8 Feb 07
Sounds like they have worms. The parasites mean the poor little things are not getting any goodness from their food, so they keep on eating because they are always hungry. Take them to the Vet and get them checked out. Worimg tablets are cheap and easy to give the cats. You can buy them over the counter here in the UK. Then your cats will all be fine!.
• United States
8 Feb 07
This really sounds like worms! Are they fat or getting fat? If not take them to the vet cause they probably have worms. Worms will eat the food and then the poor cats will still be hungry. I had three cats and 35 lbs would last us over a month and my cats ATE!!! Please have them checked out!
@Catman72 (62)
• Canada
8 Feb 07
How many cats do you have? And they might have worms! Maybe the worms are eating their food, making them hungry?
@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I have 2 cats and they eat like little pigs too. They eat more than my dogs do. I also have 2 litter boxes and they sure can fill them up fast. LOL
• United States
8 Feb 07
You didn't say how many cats you own, but it has to be a lot to go through that much food without them getting really fat. If you have any cats that eat all the time and are still thin, they may have tapeworms, which attach themselves to the inside of the intestine and make it hard for animals to absorb the nutrition from their food. The vet can gtest for this and give them medicine to clean them out. If you have strays around, it is very likely your cats are picking up worms and fleas from them, you should have animal control come and round up the ones that are not "yours" (as in, the ones that aren't taken to the vet for shots etc, by you). If you don't, the strays will just keep breeding (along with your own cats if they aren't fixed)and creating new problems. Good luck.
• United States
8 Feb 07
What kind of food are you feeding them? The reason I ask because some of the lower quality brands are made of mostly grains which cats cannot digest. I feed my cats Natural Balance which has a higher meat content. A 6.6 lb bags lasts my cats almost a month.
• United States
8 Feb 07
Are your cats getting fat from it? If they're eating that much and not gaining weight, or even possibly /losing/ weight, I'd look into whether maybe they have a thyroid disorder? My older cat who passed away recently had hyperthyroidism and ate like crazy all the time, but never got any fatter. I usually keep my cats on dry food available at pretty much all times, but I don't just fill the bowl whenever it's empty. We have a little measuring cup we use for it, and we put a scoop in there in the morning, and one in the evening, so even though they don't have to eat right then, they can't overeat. It's pretty easy for me now, though, because Shenzi doesn't overeat at all. Without the other (hyperthyroidic) cat around, I just noticed how little she eats.
• United States
8 Feb 07
Hi there...ideally, cats should be fed on a schedule rather than free fed (food available to them at all times) because cats can become overweight and develop feline diabetes and other heatlh-related complications. Please see the following article by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for Feline Health about how often cats should be fed and why: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/news/feed.htm http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/feedcats.html Cats can also develop metabolic disorders which cause them to be hungry all the time and should be evaluated by a veterinarian to be treated respectively as well. Source: 27 year friendship with a veterinarian Feline nutritionist background