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.

  • 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.

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