Some dogs and cats only eat when they are hungry.
Others will eat whenever there is food.
But just as I can be full and still find room for ice cream, a pet always has room for table scraps.
Cats and dogs quickly learn that if they wait to eat their food, their humans will add more delicious things to the bowl.
Do cats ever stop eating?
So be sure to pay attention if your cat suddenly stops eating. A number of different conditions may be responsible, including infections, kidney failure, pancreatitis, intestinal problems, and cancer. But it isn’t always serious — something as simple as a toothache can make your cat stop eating.
When should you feed your cat?
“From age six months to maturity, most cats will do well when fed two times a day.” Once the cat becomes an adult, at about one year, feeding once or twice a day is appropriate in most cases. Senior cats, age seven and above, should maintain the same feeding regimen.
Why is my cat so hungry all the time?
Hyperthyroidism: Cats with an overactive thyroid gland have hyperthyroidism and it makes them always feel hungry. Your cat will feel hungry because its body lacks the energy needed despite eating. A cat with diabetes may need insulin injections. Its appetite will return to normal once the disease is controlled.
How much food should a cat eat a day?
So how much food does your cat need? That’s a question best answered by a professional, though recommendations range between 24 to 35 calories a day per pound, to keep cats at a normal, healthy weight.