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Yes, like everybody said, increased hunger,thirst and peeing is a side effect of prednisone. And yes, it should be weaned off slowly,but your vet should have already given you detailed instructions such as first given daily then every other day etc.
The appetite should get back to normal once the prednisone has totally cleared the system.
The way I got my boys to lose weight is more frequent, smaller meals and reducing the entire food amount by about 1/4, if not enough by 1/3 of the food given.