Cats and dogs in multi-animal homes might also tend to overeat because they’re territorial and want to keep others from getting their food. This is also like animals living in the wild. They’ll eat everything they can because they don’t want anyone else to get it, and they don’t know when they’ll be eating again.
Internal parasites and some health conditions can also be exhibited with the symptom of overeating, such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, pancreatitis (this inflammatory condition can also be demonstrated by refusing to eat), pituitary gland tumors, or the inability to digest or absorb food due to a poorly functioning digestive system. Another example, is Cushing’s Disease…the adrenal glands produce too much cortisol, causing cravings to eat more because the excess cortisol breaks down muscle and tissue draining the body of necessary protein, and these pets eat more in order to replace what has been lost. Some medications and drugs (like steroids) can also cause overeating. It’s always best to reach for natural anti-inflammatory supplements sooner than later.
The primary cause in our opinion, is simply not being fed a proper diet in the first place. Cats and dogs are designed to eat RAW MEAT AND RAW BONES. They are designed to get their macro/micro nutrients recycled through their prey animal, and they’re designed to get their calcium requirement (which is also needed to balance the phosphorous in their meat rations) and dental needs taken care of from gnawing on and bone crushing raw bones. When dogs and cats are not getting the nutrients they’re supposed to, they will eat more of what they ARE getting in an effort to make up for the lack thereof. Animals getting what they need will be satisfied and eat less. At Celestial Pets we see this over and over again when helping others transition their animals to the diet we teach people to feed.
The bottom line? Feed a properly balanced, species-specific raw diet to your cats and dogs (not table scraps or cooked foods). Give them lots of love, care, and exercise. Provide a safe environment by pet-proofing your home. Be observant of their behavior and habits…no one knows them better than you do, so only you will be able to detect any changes from the norm that they might exhibit that might warrant a trip to the vet.
It’s a privilege to share our homes with loving animals who are indeed part of our families and experience everything that goes with having them in our lives, and it’s all worth it! May you continue to enjoy the miracles that sharing your life with dogs and or cats can bring.. along with the miracles of the Season. Happy Healthy Holidays!
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