Post # 1
One of our cats has been getting into everything these days. He cries for food all the time, he will get into any food we leave out immediately, and last night he chewed into a cardboard box of Kraft mac & cheese. We are taking him to the vet on Thursday, but I wanted to see if anyone had advice or similar situations.
We are thinking roundworms because of the appetite, but he doesn’t have any other symptoms – he’s very active, doesn’t drink a ton of water, really no other symptoms besides insatiable hunger. We feed him 1/4 cup of blue buffalo food in the morning and night. Same as our other cat who has none of these issues. We have to put him in our room anytime we cook or eat because he will do his best to eat our food.
We don’t really know what to do if it’s not roundworms…he’s been a overly hungry cat from the beginning, but the recent breaking into cardboard boxes for food is really worrying for us. Any advice or suggestions are welcome!
Post # 2
I have a food-obsessed but otherwise healthy cat, so I feel your pain. Is your cat a rescue, or did you get him as a kitten? My cat was a rescue from a very terrible situation and we think she ate everything in sight and begged for more because she never knew if more food was coming. It was more of a behavioral issue than a physical health problem.
Post # 3
jmsk12: One of my cats is just a greedy bastard. There is nothing wrong with him, but if I let him he would eat whatever was lying around. I hope your kitty isn’t poorly but I think it is great to get him checked by the vet.
Post # 4
One of my cats is food-obsessed. She’s 2 now and has gotten a lot better, but will still claw her way into a cupboard while we sleep and polish off half a bag of tortilla chips. She was a rescue and we got her when she was 10 weeks old. We used to have to feed her in the bathroom, or else she would scarf down her food and then push our older cat away and eat hers, too. I also thought she might have a parasite, but she checked out fine at the vet. It was very frustrating.
One day, I decided I was just going to keep their food bowls full constantly in the hopes she would realize that she will always have access to food and we wouldn’t let her starve. I did that for about two weeks and let them free feed, then went back to twice-a-day feedings. It made SUCH a difference. It’s like it finally clicked and she now knows that she’s going to be fed regularly. I can feed them together in the same room now, since she doesn’t try to finish her food in warp speed and then chow down on her sister’s like a maniac. She will still get into human food every once in a while, especially if chips or bread are left out overnight, but she’s improved by about 70%.
Post # 5
If it isn’t worms you might try wet food mixed with plenty of water for one meal/day. Male cats don’t tend to drink enough water anyway & the extra volume will make him feel more full and hopefully dampen the behavior. Fingers crossed!
Post # 6
I know how you feel bee. I had a cat who once got on the counter and ate and entire chocolate mousse pie. Same cat also vomited 5 ear plugs and 3 rubber bands. He would eat just about anything if he could get to it. There was nothing wrong with him, he just had no self control.
Post # 7
Both of my cats do that. they eat all of their food immediately, eat anything left out, chew through containers… I think it’s pretty normal cat behavior.
Post # 8
My kitten is like this. Insatiable. She now has a tummy bug and is costing us a bomb athe the vets. She is worth it but grrrr. Lol
Post # 9
bbbria: “claw her way into a cupboard while we sleep and polish off half a bag of tortilla chips.”
Omg she’s a kitty after my own heart! <3
Post # 10
TheGridMonster: Hahah I am trying to picture you huddled inside a cupboard in the middle of the night eating chips. 🙂 Hopefully you aren’t as messy as she is!
Post # 11
Not a cat, but one of my dog likes eating the wood “powder” that comes from my table saw when I am building furniture and stuff O.o
Post # 12
Our cat was insatiable when he was little. He was a rescue from the shelter. Someone found him on the street, and he was so thin and sick when we got him that his little ribs were visible through his fur. He ate everything. Cheetos. Burgers. Arugula. Chips. Popcorn. Pasta. Citrus peels. Anything he could get his paws into was fair game.
It took a few months of making sure there was always food in his bowl and putting him in the bedroom when we ate to reinforce the fact that there would always be food for him, but he couldn’t have ours. It wasn’t immediate, but he now knows that even if his bowl is empty for an hour or two, it’ll be full again before long.
Post # 13
One of our kitties is hungry all the time too and will eat anything left out. He was a barn cat who didn’t get fed regularly. We did get him when he was 8 weeks old, so pretty little but he still has a HUGE appetite! He was also sick when we got him but never ever turned down any sort of food!
Post # 14
We literally had to put baby locks on the cupboards to keep our cat Kevin out of our food. While on vacation he ate two packages of dry ramen, a packet of gravy, and stole a loaf of bread and ate most of it (through the packaging). He will steal salad off our plate (even without dressing), eat asparagus, any kind of chip/cheetoh, spicy ramen, and basically any and all meat. if we don’t put food away immediately, we WILL find little paw prints and bite marks. Especially pizza, he eats the cheese right off the top like a jerk :
Once, Darling Husband was eating Alfredo on the couch while we watched a movie. Kevin was sitting on the back of the couch and he didn’t know it. As he was bringing the Alfredo up to his mouth Kevin swatted the noodles, grabbed them, and ran off with eat: literally stealing it straight out of my husbands face haha
the weird thing is, he’s the smallest adult cat I’ve ever had. He’s very sleek and thin, and while he gets the same amount as my giant fat cat. So who knows. I do give them high quality food and any meat/fat that we have that’s extra so I know it isn’t diet. He’s also an indoor/indoor cat and I’ve seen him hunt for birds so he can even eat when he’s hungry. Guess he’s just a little fiend haha
Post # 15
my fat cat eats everything- when I first got her she used to fall asleep face first in the food dish- I never had cats I had to regularly feed. I always free fed- now I can’t leave the food out- she’ll eat it all.
She’s also morbidly obese and there is little I can do about it- so I wouldn’t be surpised if she was borderline diabetic and or had thyroid problems- completely healthy and no other issues- no extra peeing- no vomit- not temp- nothing- Just a complete and utter fat cat. so weird.
My other cat loves the idea of food- she begs for anything we might be cutting on the counter- she’s so adorable- but she only likes chicken- so she makes this big to do- then doesn’t eat anything but the chicken. it’s kind of comical.