My cat is 10 but suddenly behaving badly, such as climbing on the kitchen counter to steal food. Is there a reason she has suddenly become like this?

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Ask the Vet: 我的貓十歲了,但最近牠開始變得很不乖,例如會爬到廚房檯上偷食物,有甚麼原因使牠變得這樣嗎?| My cat is 10 but suddenly behaving badly, such as climbing on the kitchen counter to steal food. Is there a reason she has suddenly become like this?
 

Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc

你的貓已經十歲了,使我懷疑牠有可能是患有疾病或者是身體上有所欠缺,使得你喂給牠的食物不足以滿足牠的身體需求。當我們年紀越大,身體上的不同部分會有效能降低的情況,而消化系統亦是其中一部分。假設你沒有對牠的食物種類作出改變,而牠可以在安全和輕鬆的情況下獲得你所喂食的食物,而且牠的食物亦沒有被其他寵物偷取,那麼我建議你每星期檢查牠的體重是否有所下降,為牠進行除蟲,並每天增加10%至20%的食物,從而觀察牠的反應。如果牠偷食物的行為仍然持續的話,牠便需要去做身體檢查。

DR. PAULINE SAYSI’d be concerned that at 10 years of age, your cat has a disease or deficiency in her body & the amount of food you feed her isn’t enough to satisfy her needs nowadays. As we get older, we develop inefficiencies in many parts of our bodies, the digestive system being one area. Assuming you haven’t changed her food type, & she has safe & easy access to what you feed, & it’s not being stolen by another pet, I’d check her weight for losses weekly, deworm her, increase the amount of food being fed in her feeding bowl by 10-20%/day, and monitor the behavior response. If stealing food continues, she needs a health check.



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