If your cat is always hungry, there are a couple of important reasons for this. One you have no control over. One you have total control over. So, although you most definitely can do a great deal to reduce this, it is unlikely you will ever be able to eliminate it completely.
And you may never want to, as a hungry animal does show they are still healthy enough to want to eat. Our worry begins when they don’t want to. So annoying as it maybe, it is part of their charm.
Cats are carnivores. This means wild cats have to search for their food. It doesn’t grow on trees. Hunting has quite a poor success rate and can be hazardous. So food is not easily come by and a carnivore can be injured during a hunt. This means that once a carnivore has made a success catch, they will hang on to it for dear life.
They will try to eat it as fast as possible, to ensure they get it and not someone else. And they will be fierce if someone does try to approach them. Equally, they will be the ones trying to steal the catch, if someone else has been successful in catching their prey.
Herbivores don’t have this problem as their food does grow on trees, or the ground in most cases. They don’t have to fight over their blade of grass. There is plenty to go round.
Your domestic cat is just a hair’s breadth from being wild.
So accept the reality that cats in general, and other true carnivores, do tend to be protective of their food and will happily steal from others, too. The motto “what is mine is my own, what is yours is mine” applies here, not out of selfishness, as humans often think, but out of the necessity to survive. It’s not easy to survive as a predator unless you have developed good skills and abilities.
So that’s the bad news, that’s the part you can’t control about why your cat is always hungry.
But the good news is that you can do a great deal to reduce this hunger.
Animals, including ourselves, become hungry when our bodies need extra nutrition. Once we have partaken of a nutritious meal, the hunger subsides. However, when we eat nutrient-poor food, we may be satisfied for a short while, as the bulk of the food is digested, but pretty soon, the body sends out hunger signals again, as essential nutrients were missing in the meal.
Nutrients are essential for a healthy body. Your cat is no different. Your cat’s system will keep kicking in the hunger trigger as long as they are not getting nutritious food.
And the vast majority of commercial cat food, whatever the price tag or professional assurances, is nutrient-poor. The manufacturers are, sadly, more interested in their profit than in the health of your cat. Whatever the label or advertising tells you, the ingredients are poorer quality than your cat needs to remain healthy.
Much of the processed human food is nutrient-poor, so animals don’t get a look in.
Once you start to feed your cat a nutrient-dense diet, from quality and natural ingredients, they will remain satisfied for a far longer period of time. Once you understand the reasons why a cat is always hungry, the solution becomes easy.
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