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My cat is eating PLASTIC. How can I stop?

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My cat is eating PLASTIC. How can I stop?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your problem with Beramont! It can be a frustrating one! Eating objects that are not a normal food item in animals is called Pica. There can be medical problems that cause this disease, or it can be a behavioral issue. I am going to attach a few articles here at the bottom of my reply that are about this condition in cats.

The first thing to do is if your cat hasn't had any bloodwork done in the past 6 months, they should be tested to be sure there isn't an underlying disease causing this issue. You also need to look at their diet and be sure it is high quality and contains the nutrients they need. Can you tell me the type of food she is on? Some cats play with plastic because they are bored, so you may want to purchase a good supply of safe toys for Bergamont so that she has other options besides the plastic to play with and also carve out 5 minutes of time a few times each day to spend playing with her. You can also purchase "kitty grass" to keep in your home to provide a safe alternative for her to chew on something, and there are also puzzle feeder toys that dispense treats or food. Are there any stressors in the household? Cats not getting along or cats outdoors that come into your yard that your kitty sees? Changes in your schedule? You can do things to relieve stress by adding hte playtime, using feline calming pheremones such as Feliway, providing hiding places and exercise areas like scratching posts for your kitty.

If you do all these things and her bloodwork and exam is fine and she is still doing this behavior, then you may need to consult a veterinary behaviorist.

http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/pica/

http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/unusual-cat-cravings

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-does-my-cat-like-to-chew-plastic

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Hello, just wondering if you got the info I sent and if you have any questions?

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Bergamont. How is everything going?
Jessica Keay

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