5 month old kitten is constantly hungry and begging for food?

by Anonymous


Is it normal for a five month old kitten to be constantly hungry, begging for food (even after he just ate) and opening cabinets, climbing in the fridge in desperate attempts to get at food?


We feed him about 3/4 of a can of wet food a day and leave dry food out all day. He doesn't seem to like the dry food. We just upped the wet food because he seems like he is starving.

When we rescued him, the shelter said to give him a quarter can of wet food in the a.m., and to leave dry food out all day.

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Oct 30, 2018
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kitten always hungry
by: Anonymous

Your kitten could have worms.
Even though he is eating, he is not getting the food, the worms are.
So he thinks he hasn't eaten.
If this is the case check him after he goes potty.
If you see any white little things near his bottom, he has worms.
I have found over the counter meds don't work, so a trip to the vet is necessary.

Oct 30, 2018
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Kitten hungry
by: Ellyb

Hi, i don't think it is normal for a kitten to be that hungry. It may be that kitty has a metabolism issue, tapeworm, or for some as yet unknown reason isn't able to absorb the nutrition he or she needs. I read in one of the cat magazines that some cats have pica. if the kitten is eating unnatural things, like lint, paper, etc.- he'll need special care.

I hope you have a good vet who can help figure this out for you and your kitten.

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I'd seek veterinary advice
by: Kurt (Admin)

In my experience, it's not normal for a well fed kitten to constantly beg for food. Whether you have a behavioral problem or a health problem is hard to say. If he were my cat, I'd be feeding high calorie wet kitten food twice a day at meal times. I'd also contact my veterinarian to get some guidance if he seemed constantly hungry. If he's not growing and gaining weight, it's all the more urgent.

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