Cat always wants to eat

My cat is 5 years old and weighs about 10 pounds. I feed her the amount I am supposed to but she is always trying to eat something. Paper, electric cords, the dog's food, etc. She starts licking my face between 3-5am because she is hungry and wants to eat. I feed her at 6 when I get up and she eats it all. If I go near her bowl later in the day she acts like she wants me to fill it again. I have split her portion of food in half and have been feeding her in the am and pm but nothing seems to work. The vet said she needed to lose some weight, but she seems so hungry I don't know what to do.

Answer by Kate
Eating like this is a habit for your cat especailly if she has been used to lots of food in the past and has put on weight because of it. She is not hungrey she is greedy or should i say rather it is just a habit. So don't feel bad that she is hungry, think ionstead that that you are making a better life for her, as she will be healthier and fitter and be able to lead a full cat life. My best advice is to read my pages on this site under the heading of cat food, it will tell you about fat cats, eating habits and even strange eating habits called PICA which sounds like what your cat may have also ie eats non food items. Hopefully my pages will provide you with some background information that will help you and your cat through this period until the habit of begging for food is over.

best wishes

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