Return to the Pets Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Does your cat (or dog) eat more in the cold weather?

Posted by oregpsnow (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 9, 09 at 18:57

We live in Oregon and it has been unusually cold here - in the teens at night and twenties during the day. My indoor cat, who is usually a casual eater who grazes all day, has started eating more then usual. She eats the better canned foods - EVO, Avoderm, Wellness - and is eating a whole can each day. She is a small cat and normally eats 1/2 to 3/4 of a can. The house is never colder than 63 degrees and she sleeps under the covers next to me at night, warm and toasty so I don't think she is uncomfortable.

Do your kids eat more in the winter?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Does your cat (or dog) eat more in the cold weather?

Any sudden changes in a pets eating habits should be monitored closely. If it goes on too long, you might want to call the vet. Is she eating the whole can in one sitting?


 o
RE: Does your cat (or dog) eat more in the cold weather?

Oh no, she takes all day and part of the night to eat the whole can. I usually feed her three times a day so the food is fresh. She just seems more hungry than normal, but not obsessed about it. The humans here have also had the urge to eat more in the cold weather, so I think it may be a weather thing. It will warm up a bit this weekend and I will see how much she eats then.


 o
RE: Does your cat (or dog) eat more in the cold weather?

Our house cats don't seem to eat any more in the winter, but then we make sure the house is nice and warm for us and they do not go outside at all. But the barn cats sure do seem to eat more when the weather turns cold. (Nights have been down to about 35 degrees and days have been in the upper 40's to mid 50's.) The dogs, who spend most of their time outside also seem to eat more this time of year! And we do give the barn cats and the dogs more food when it is cold. I figure if they have this "want" for it, obviously, their bodies must need it when it is colder.

Don't know if that helps or not. I know I want to eat more when it is colder---even with the house being warm!!


 o
RE: Does your cat (or dog) eat more in the cold weather?

It is not unusual for any mammal to be hungrier when the ambient temperature goes down...including humans! The body needs to create more energy to maintain its normal internal temp...and the more energy your body burns, the more it needs to replace it (alas, pets and people prefer to eat food than to go into stored fat for additional fuel). And there is a big difference between 65 and 75 degrees.

But: It is helpful to weigh your cat(s)once a month and keep a diary. Your cat should be maintaining his weight even with the extra food. Weight loss (especially in the presence of increased appetite) could be a sign of hyper-thyroid. Weight gain could mean that puss is overdoing it.


 o
RE: Does your cat (or dog) eat more in the cold weather?

This question sure is a coincidence! We've noted that our cat has turned into a little pig now that it's colder in the house. We're not feeding him any more than we usually do, but I have to divvy out the portions. He is NOT a happy boy when the feed bag is empty.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Pets Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here