“If we look at wild populations of cats, we know they are solo hunters and, by design, solo eaters,” she explains. Learn the common causes for loss of appetite in cats, how you can help, and when to see a vet. Food & Eating. Lower temperatures require greater energy consumption to maintain body temperature. Maybe in the colder months there’s less to do and, like us, cats are less active and spend more time sleeping and eating on those cold, inclement weather days of winter. They found the cats ate the most from October through February -- as much as 15 percent more than other times of the year. Yes, cats love to eat human foods but you can’t give them what you eat. Appraising look. " Cats love canned wet … Cats of all ages also can develop an overactive thyroid or kidney disease, both of which can result in excessive vocalizations. We all know that during the hot summer days food just isn’t as interesting as it is on cold winter days, especially if it is a hot meal. Some cats are more sensitive to the cold and others do not agree with summer at all. Subject: Do cats eat less as spring begins? I’ve had two cats that love the scent of olives. None of this is abnormal behavior for any of these cats - the outdoor cats go though periods that last several weeks where they just eat less for some reason. She's started eating titbits for the first time ever. Cats which are not used to dry food may not drink enough, causing urinary tract problems. While there are general sleep patterns for each species, the specifics change due to your pet's necessities and external factors that can change their behavior. Some days less, some more.One day he ate 6 pouches & literally collapsed into his basket. Do cats eat less in the spring/ summer (8 Posts) Add message | Report. However, cats are known to constantly clean themselves. The daily food intake of each cat was determined for the entire six-year period. Indoor cats live a lot longer than outdoor cats. Forty-two cats, including this stray one, were fitted with radio collars and tracked over two years. Their collars were implanted with a microchip that recorded the amount as they ate as much as they wanted from a dispenser. Mine is a greedy guts so I have to ration his food (to the recommended amount, I don't starve him ) but he still loses weight over the summer months as he actually spends time outside. Cats that are ill or dying will avoid eating food and drinking water as well. According to their data, the cats ate the least June through August and the most between October and February. My 14-year-old, formerly 21 pound cat, now weighs around 15 pounds and is playing like a kitten for the first time in his life! It's something many cat owners have noticed and there's even an academic study to back it up. This is normal. That means that our one size fits all approach to feeding the same amount of food throughout the calendar may be incorrect. The researchers studied 38 cats for four years. A group of English and French researchers recently released the findings of a six-year study of the feeding habits of 38 cats fed free choice. Tthey get as much as they want to eat and all are healthy. A study from the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science has found that cats naturally eat less during the summer, indicating that owners can take such appetite swings in stride.. It happens in the winter and summer . Step 1 Inspect the box spring for holes. Mine are definitely de floofing. Watch closely when your cat goes to the bathroom and listen for sounds of heaving. The shortening of daylight during this time signals the same primitive brain to promote food seeking behavior and alter metabolism in order to promote fat storage in preparation for lean food sources during the winter months. All of the kitty cats are fixed and very happy indoor only furry children. Instead, most indoor cats shed continually. As spring began and temperatures got a little warmer, they have lost interest in eating. There are numerous studies in animals that document seasonal fluctuations in food intake. Is your cat not eating? Weight loss in senior cats is a common finding that is often overlooked, but that is a poor prognostic sign for continued good health. Don’t worry too much if your cat seems to eat less in the warm weather. Cats which are not used to dry food may not drink enough, causing urinary tract problems. Depression causes lack of appetite. While tuna is fine for cats in moderation or as a treat, too much canned tuna can be bad for your cat. This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 8 messages.). He's probably getting more exercise too. She had three bits of rump steak yesterday and some chicken today. 1. As health conditions that are common in older cats set in, further decline in appetite may result. Cats love to taste human foods and when they get it, it’s like getting a dream comes true. I think mine eats less official food, but more acquired food as the hunting is better this time of year. They seem to go crazy when warm weather finally arrives. Feeding animals is much more complicated than we want to think. It turns out that cats are also less interested in eating during warm weather. Fish is a great source of protein, but there are a few reasons why a steady diet of human-grade canned tuna can cause health problems for your cat. If I give them a pouch now as a rest they guzzle it down. You will have to know about what do cats like to eat. Luckily, most cats aren't like dogs, who will eat just about anything in sight (although some still do). Maybe buying a heated bed is just a little more than you want to do, or maybe you want to provide more than one sleeping option for your cat. Cats prefer to approach water on their own accord, and often dislike having it imposed on them. A cat may not experience all of these symptoms, depending upon what sort of toxic substance your cat ingested. Is this normal? This cat may just need help! If there’s always food left after 30 minutes, you might be giving them too much. By the time a cat is geriatric, daily nutritional requirements have diminished to a third of her younger adult years. Many of these cats did go outdoors, creating a need for more calories in order to stay warm. Indoor cats live a lot longer than outdoor cats. Dry food may be less expensive than canned cat food and may stay fresher longer. Many cats do in fact need to eat more during the winter. Ketogenic Diet; ... should put on a heavy winter coat and shed in the spring. Cats are also obligate carnivores, meaning they must eat meat to live.” Yes, everyone enjoys spring but no one enjoys it more than my cats. We have been feeding them twice a day with the quantity that is suitable for them. As health conditions that are common in older cats set in, further decline in appetite may result. But that doesn’t mean cats can’t eat grains, vegetables, and fruits. Instead, most indoor cats shed continually. If you want to bathe your cat, it's better to draw a bath at a temperature that you would be … They seem to go crazy when warm weather finally arrives. Snorg's notes from the emergency vet make constant reference to how fat she is and how she has no neck. Chocolate poisoning is a big source of pet emergencies so make sure you keep Easter eggs and any other chocolate products out of reach of your cat. To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. Yes, everyone enjoys spring but no one enjoys it more than my cats. Perhaps your two are just better at regulating their intake and are naturally just eating less. Food & Eating. “While they will share their food, and commonly do with offspring or other cats, they would prefer to eat alone. Excessive vomiting, diarrhea, and frequent urination may all be symptoms of poisoning in cats. Senior cats with a decreased sense of smell also will be less enticed to dine. They start to spend more time outdoors sunbathing and grooming. 7. Whether you feed your cat on a set meal routine or allow her free-choice feeding (or a combination of both), you may have noticed that she tends to eat less in summer. They try to escape outside the house and can disappear for a few days. They are both well and I'm taking the same amount out of the litter tray every day. Recent research shows that most cats will eat approximately 15% less in the warmer months, even if they are predominantly indoor cats. Keeping our pets fit requires the same diligence to researching lifestyle choices that we require for ourselves and our own health. And he gets to eat as much as he likes. One male who happens to be the oldest of the bunch, and then two females. Watch for gastrointestinal distress. A group of English and French researchers conducted a study in the south of France documenting the feeding habits of 38 cats. There was a study done at Purdue a few years ago that said indoor-only cats live 2.5 times longer than outdoor cats or indoor/outdoor cats. That's because they don’t come across poisons and infectious diseases or disagreements with other cats, dogs, or Cadillacs. We have been feeding them twice a day with the quantity that is suitable for them. Some are just easier for them to digest than others. Encouraging fluid intake in the summer is important and can be done by soaking dry food, using water fountains and experimenting with different types (and the position) of water bowls. I've seen them both eating so it's not one eating it all and one not eating at all. I switched all my cats from dry to canned a few months ago and have fed only foods that are 5 or less in the carb column. Anonymous: Our 1 year old kitties used to hog on cat food and leave their plates clean as if they have already been washed! He doesn't move far from the bedroom in winter.I know that in warmer weather, my appetite goes down and I eat less... in winter, stodge rules to keep me toasty. For all cats, constant availability of fresh, clean water is important. Cats that eat only dry food need to be provided with lots of fresh water, especially if they are prone to developing urinary tract blockages. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your cat out of the box spring. By the time a cat is geriatric, daily nutritional requirements have diminished to a third of her younger adult years. Cats can eat all of these foods. Despite what some people think, cats don’t like being alone a lot. Easter eggs. That's because they don’t come across poisons and infectious diseases or disagreements with other cats, dogs, or Cadillacs. If cats aren't able to digest milk from a different species, then you can be sure that they aren't able to digest foreign bodies like toys and hairballs that enter their system. But still, this is a time when it is critical to keep a close eye on your favorite feline and watch for behavior changes that may signify health complications. If there is a tear, find the suspected cause. Seasonal changes in daylight and temperature trigger significant hormonal changes in mammals, altering metabolism and influencing food intake. They both do need to loose 500g as apparently one of them is very fat despite being only 4.9 kg. They are both a bit thinner but they recently had to have wet food as one of the dislocated her jaw and they both barely ate it. To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. If the cats eat all the food in 15 minutes or less, they may need more. He still outweighs yours by a couple of kilos though. They start to spend more time outdoors sunbathing and grooming. When the days become shorter and the temperature begins to drop, you might notice your cat is a little hungrier than they used to be. Cats often meow to initiate play, petting, or to get you to talk to them. Many cats love water, although they don't respond to it the same way dogs do. Weight loss in senior cats is a common finding that is often overlooked, but that is a poor prognostic sign for continued good health. That is why half of all pets are overweight or obese. Subject: Do cats eat less as spring begins? I hope these blogs are helping. As winter approaches, the opposite response occurs. Senior cats with a decreased sense of smell also will be less enticed to dine. Why do cat foods have ingredients other than protein? I guess if they start looking slimmer or you can feel their ribs more, it might be worth a check up but as it's also both of them, sounds like a natural phenomenon to me. Playing with Their Food. She was very offended. Depression may be caused by loss, lack of attention from the owner, hormonal imbalance or a disease. If you want a super warm indoor bed for the winter that doesn’t have to be plugged in, there are a lot of great options, such as The Kitty Shack.It’s a 2-in-1 bed that also doubles as a cat mat. Instead, we should feed our cats — and probably dogs, despite the lack of research — less in the spring, early fall, and summer months, and perhaps increase the feeding amount in the winter, late fall, and early spring months, especially for those pets that are subject to exposure to lower temperatures. To feel embarrassed at dads Christmas gifts? As spring began and temperatures got a little warmer, they have lost interest in eating. The cats ate approximately 15 percent less in summer than in winter. Attention seeking. The study found that cats ate approximately 15% less food during summer, and the vets have concluded that the extra effort to keep warm in winter … Thirty of the cats were housed in runs that had both indoor and outdoor access, while eight cats were housed indoor-only. As daily temperatures rise, mammals become less active and need less energy. Cats love seafood, and most cats are especially fond of canned tuna and tuna juice. Activity levels may still decrease in the summer despite cooler indoor temperatures. They wouldn’t eat them, but they would attack my hands if I’d been cooking with them. I now get this when I'm eating! The study was conducted in the south of France with a group consisting of 22 normal-weight cats and 16 overweight cats. Noticed that my gruesome twosome are not eating as much during the day than they did a few weeks ago. I didn't think she liked chicken. Be aware which other human foods are dangerous to cats, and make sure any house guests know the rules too. Depression can be treated with mild antidepressants. Studies have shown cats to be far more efficient hunters when they sit and wait for prey—outside a rodent burrow, for example—than when they stalk and pounce, the way they approach birds. Cats cannot exit a box spring as quickly and risk injury if the bed supports break. The cats ate the least during June, July, and August, with food intake 15 percent less in July than December. The same may true for our pets. Many cats do in fact need to eat more during the winter. The cat will be less active, sleep more, will be aggressive, easily irritable and sometimes extremely vocal. He looks a bit thinner, but could be jettisoning floof ( judging by my carpet). This is especially important in indoor cats because they are confined and have much less control of their surroundings than do their owners, who literally control every aspect of the cat’s life, including where and when he can eat, drink, eliminate, explore, etc. I have 3 cats in all and the ages are 11, 6, and 3 years old respectively. Cats need to eat protein. Despite relative stability in indoor temperatures throughout the year, windows still allow indoor cats’ brains to react to daylight changes that trigger behavior and metabolic responses. In the winter, food seeking behavior may increase even though the warmer indoor temperatures do not require the increased calorie intake. I have a problem with some spring crazy cats? The vet looked horrified "that's a lot for a cat". Food consumption in the months of March, April, May, and September was intermediate. Unlike people and dogs, protein is the main energy source in cats’ diets. Poisoning. In spring and early fall, the amount they ate fell somewhere between those extremes. Some cats even live into their 20s! Cats’ needs vary though, so adjust to how much you see them actually eating in a reasonable period of time. It's important to note, that a cat that isn't eating at all, even when you tempt him with a favorite treat, isn't necessarily dying. Don’t worry too much if your cat seems to eat less in the warm weather. The researchers found that the cats ate the most during the months of January, February, October, November, and December. Before we get into the food that cats like to ear from us, here is a list of cat food that we recommend. The lengthening of daylight during the warmer months signals this change to the most primitive part of the brain and its hormonal responses, resulting in decreased food seeking behavior and shifts in cellular metabolism. He's huge though". Your cat may be a senior citizen now, but these days, cats live longer and healthier lives, thanks to great pet owners like you, good nutrition and quality veterinary care. Encouraging fluid intake in the summer is important and can be done by soaking dry food, using water fountains and experimenting with different types (and the position) of water bowls. If your cat knocks their kibble out of the bowl and across the room before … Because there were only eight cats that were housed indoor-only, the researchers were not able to statistically prove any differences in food intake for the indoor-only cats that were not subject to temperature differences that may have influenced the food intake of the indoor-outdoor cats. However, precious little research has been done with dogs and cats in this area. They are both well and I'm taking the same amount out of the litter tray every day. Although the researchers were unable to prove differences in food intake between indoor-outdoor cats and indoor-only cats, seasonal changes still affect indoor cats. However, house cats in urban or suburban areas tend to be overweight and in less than peak physical condition, warns Steve Dale, a cat behaviour consultant who is … Some of the collars also had devices that continuously monitored the cats' every move. Anonymous: Our 1 year old kitties used to hog on cat food and leave their plates clean as if they have already been washed! I think there is more going on here than seasonal differences (which appears to be one of the few studies done on cat eating habits). Just like humans, cats are different from one another. Chocolate contains caffeine and the chemical theobromine, both of which are toxic to cats. 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Toddlerteaplease Fri 28-Apr-17 18:01:40. There was a study done at Purdue a few years ago that said indoor-only cats live 2.5 times longer than outdoor cats or indoor/outdoor cats. Spring Crazy Cats. If you want to keep your cat out of the box spring, chances are she already got in. Instead, we should feed our cats — and probably dogs, despite the lack of research — less in the spring, early fall, and summer months, and perhaps increase the feeding amount in the winter, late fall, and early spring months, especially for those pets that are subject to exposure to lower temperatures. The research discussed above confirms that these feeding cycles still occur in our domesticated cats.