Why is my cat always hungry but skinny?

It can be an odd situation – your beloved cat seems to be eating you out of house and home but doesn’t seem to be putting on any extra weight. Is something wrong? How can a cat eat so much yet stay to lean?

Whilst there are some medical conditions that can contribute to this situation – such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and inflamed bowels – these often come with a gain in weight along with the eating, so if your cat is not putting on any weight, then chances are these are not to blame.

** Please note that no online advice is a substitute for a professional veterinarian’s diagnosis. If you are in any doubt then we highly recommend you take your cat to your local vet for medical advice.

Here are some common reasons why your cat is always hungry but remains skinny:

  • Calorie Deficiency

Cats tend to let you know when they’re hungry, so if you’re not feeding them enough then this can lead to a calorie deficit in their system. It could also be that another cat is stealing their food if you have a cat flap!

  • Malnutrition

Your cat may be getting enough food, but if the food is of poor quality or the wrong type for your pet then this can lead to malnutrition causing them to develop excessive food craving.

If you notice that your cat is ravenous when eating, then a lack of proper nutrients in his/her diet could be a factor and looking at their daily diet and food intake is advisable. Check out the awesome range of Husse Cat Food which provided a complete, balanced diet for your cat.

  • Emotional issues

Just like with us humans, when we are down or experiencing less than ideal conditions at home – we can dive into food as comfort. This is no exception for cats! However usually this one will be backed up with some weight gain, so keep an eye on this as it may not be the cause.

  • Illness

Particularly if you notice a weight loss whilst your pet continues to eat then this can be an early warning sign that something is wrong and your cat could have an illness. Weight loss can be attributed to conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.

If you have any doubt at all, please consult with your vet straight away to seek professional advice. The earlier you catch these things the better so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How To Stop My Cat From Biting?

It’s really not uncommon for cats to bite – they are animals after all, domesticated or not. There are many reasons why a cat may want to bite you and it can happen all of a sudden, but it’s important that you understand that it is not always done as a sign of aggression.

Cats are predators after all, we mustn’t forget that! This is why biting, clawing and pouncing makes up a large part of their playtime behaviour – in fact this is very important for cats as it forms part of their natural instincts.

However, there is a fine line between being aggressive towards you and normal playtime.

So, How to stop my cat from biting?

If you cat bites suddenly when petting and stroking them, this could just be there way of saying ‘stop, I’ve had enough’. Usually your cats body language will have conveyed this wish beforehand but you missed it.

If your cat bites when playing, then this is just their natural instinct kicking in. It’s normal. If you want to encourage them to not bite during playtime – you can reward them with treats and affection for not biting. Enforce the message of good behaviour and what you expect of them.

You also need to differentiate between little playful nips and full on aggressive bites as well, as the former is just your cat playing and being a cat. If it’s an aggressive bite then you need to let them know that this behaviour is not acceptable towards you.

Provide plenty of playtime stimulation for them as well – such as toys to practice on and also reinforce this behaviour with rewards for doing do.

Consistency is Key!

Just like with training any animal, when it comes to stopping your cat from biting then it’s a gradual behaviour change over time that will work best for you and your beloved feline. Don’t rush things and take the time to do it properly.

Before long you and your cat will be much happier in the long run, trust us!

My Cats Behaviour When Moving House Is Odd – What’s Wrong?

Everyone knows that moving home is a big stressful deal, but it is also a HUGE deal for your cat as well. In fact, your cats behaviour when moving house can change quite a lot and it’s important you make the experience as easy and stress free for your pet as possible.

Here are some great tips on how to do that:

1.) Removal Chaos

Believe it or not, your cat’s home is their sanctuary and the noise, chaos and fuss that occurs when moving all of your stuff out is actually quite upsetting for your cat.

Try to keep your cat away from all the hussle and bustle of moving to help keep their anxiety down. Also make sure they have all of their food, water and toilet amenities to hand during this time as well.

2.) Moving your cat

When it comes time to take your cat to the new house – don’t feed him/her too much food and certainly not too soon before jumping in the car! Ideally their stomach should be completely empty whilst moving to avoid getting sick (cats really do get car sick!). Still give them access to plenty of water though throughout the journey.

3.) What to do when you arrive

When you finally get your cat to your new home, choose an initial room where you can keep your pet along with their essentials for a while and keep them in there. They will actually feel more safe confined in this space than they would with the ‘big unknown’ house to roam around in.

Gradually they will get used to this and you can open up more and more rooms until they are comfortable with their new surroundings and you notice your cats behaviour improving.

4.) Further helping them to adjust and feel at home

It will take time for your cat to properly feel like the new place is home, no different to humans in that respect!

Allow them to explore on their own and at their own pace. If you notice them shying away from certain rooms and doors then just let them gradually build up to it. Don’t try and carry them around the house to see it all – let them do it at their own pace.

The garden is an important milestone for your cat, but is another big open space that has probably been ‘marked’ by other cats and their scents, so don’t allow them out for a little while until they are used to their safe haven. Then you can gradually let them out.

So there you go – if you notice that your cats behaviour when moving house is a little odd, don’t worry, he/she is just going through the motions of moving the same as we do but without the understanding of what is happening. Imagine that yourself – scary huh?

Stick to these simple tips and you and your cat will be happy in your new home in no time!