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23 Jan 2006

Cats got eating disorder
Dear Doc
I've typed to you before but I really need your help now again.
My cat is a compulsive eater.
He has a bowl of fresh food and fresh water every day. We give him fresh food at night and fresh food in the morning. He shares this with his little brother.

Problem is he niggles us for food all the time. Even when theres food in his bowl, he comes to us and nags us until we look at him and he runs to the bathroom where the food is. He's getting really fat and hes waking us up at night scratching on the bedside tables. Please advise.
He's got issues.

Answer 381 views

01 Jan 0001

There are certain medical conditions that can cause excessive hunger, including diabetes, over active thyroid and excessive production of cortisone in the body. All of these conditions can occur in cats. Blood tests will need to be performed to determine these conditions. If your cat is becoming overweight, it is also more likely to develop other problems such as liver disease, diabetes and arthritis.

On the other hand your cat does have "issues"...

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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