My female cat is always hungry after being spayed

by Sarah
(Dundee, Scotland)

Recently i had my cat spayed now she always seems to be hungry. Before the op she was being fed 1 tin of wet food per day- set out in 2 meals. This seemed to satisfy her and there was no whining for food. It's been roughly a month since her op and now she always seems to be hungry, she runs after me everytime i get up in the hope that she's going to be fed again. She mooches food when we are eating and also steals food from work tops and bins. She will even rip open bin bags to get to food even though she has just been fed. she scavanges everything and will sniff around the carpet for crumbs that may have been dropped. The vet says to stick with the same amount of food- 1 tin per day and said that she might put on a little weight n but all this scavanging is really annoying! I'm getting sick of waking up to bins spilled all over the kitchen floor and food being stolen when my back is turned. Should i feed her more often? how do i stop this greedy behaviour? also she's a very petite cat who shouldn't eat that much plus she's indoors so isn't that active.

Answer by KAte
Hi, definitely do not feed her any more food than is recommended. All that will happen if you do is that she will gain weight and still beg for food.

her behavior could be down to one of two things, either she has developed a illness which is making her feel hungry, worms for instance would do this, so make sure she has been treated for worms recently, or a thyroid problem, however i think this is unlikely and rather too quick.

my guess is it is more to do with a behavioral problem which may have been brought on by her feeling a little sacred and insecure after her op. Some cats use food as a comforter just like some humans do.

i would continue to feed her as before but I would also buy her some new toys to tray and distract her from her current habit or looking for food. Make sure you keep to a routine ie meal times at certain ties and lots of games and new things to explore in between. over time she should start to get used to the new routines and settle down again.

What ever you do though do not scold her if she does try to scavenge or beg, this will only make her more anxious.

There are lots of different cat toys around which will help to keep her engaged. see my pages here for some ideas

best wishes Kate

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