Having a cat that begs for food is an unpleasant and annoying experience. Not only does it lead to overeating, but if you constantly give in to the pleading, your cat will eventually gain weight. Not only that, it might even begin to steal your food. But if your cat is begging for food for the sake of your affection, it could be harmful to your cat’s health.
High-fiber food helps your cat feel fuller for longer
While cats are naturally carnivores, it’s a good idea to give them a diet that contains more fiber to feel full longer. Fiber has been shown to curb your cat’s appetite, helping him feel full longer. In nature, cats would get most of their fiber from the fur and stomach contents of their prey. Nevertheless, the domesticated version of the feline must get its fiber from the food you feed it. Because fiber isn’t digested like proteins and fats, it passes through the body and comes out in the form of poop.
Some commercial cat foods contain high-fiber options, but these often contain poor quality ingredients, including by-products, unnamed meat sources, and unhealthy grains. To avoid this problem, choose a high-fiber food for your cat. Aim to mix the high-fiber food with the usual dry food your cat eats. Make sure to gradually switch the foods over to your cat’s diet to ensure a successful transition.
If you notice your cat begging for food all the time, you should take your pet to the vet for a check-up. It is essential to determine the cause of the behavior so that you can develop a plan to change the cat’s behavior. If the begging habit is new, consult a pet behaviourist. A pet behaviourist will identify the cause and suggest a treatment plan. Keep in mind that this type of behavior may take a while to change. However, following the expert’s tips will help you to make your kitty change its behavior.
Beside the obvious reason of food, your cat’s begging habit could be a sign of a health issue. In some cases, this may be a sign of a parasite feeding on the cat, or it could be a symptom of diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or cancer. Whatever the cause, treating the underlying problem will help your kitty feel satisfied. You may also need to give your cat extra attention.
A cat that begs for food might be suffering from a psychogenic abnormal feeding behavior. This condition is also known as “very hungry” and the main symptom is aggressive behavior around food. It can include jumping on the table or eating from another cat’s bowl. If your cat constantly begs for food, it may need to see a veterinary professional. Here are some tips for dealing with this problem.
Using treats to distract a cat’s attention and rewarding positive behaviour with a tasty treat may be the best approach. Try not to give your cat too much food in one sitting. Rewarding your cat for good behaviour with praise, treats, or a game could help change their attitude. You can even try removing any food that has been placed in the area. This could make the cat feel more comfortable and help to break the cycle of beggaring.
One reason why your kitty might be begging for food is stress. Your cat’s body’s “fight-or-flight” response is impacted by stress hormones. Dr. Sean Delaney, DVM and board-certified veterinarian at Natura Pet Products, says that stress can be detrimental to your cat’s health. Stress hormones can make your cat sick. This vicious cycle of stress will affect your kitty’s health for many years.
The best way to discourage your cat from begging is to avoid feeding him as often as possible. If your kitty is begging for food due to boredom, you can redirect the behavior by giving your cat a snack. Using a treat or a cuddle will retrain him to associate begging with food. Your kitty may even begin to associate begging with food altogether. This will change his behavior over time.