Eating Wool, Plastic and Other Things That Aren't Food
The eating of non-food items could indicate
a medical problem so it is important to consult with your
veterinarian as a first step in addressing the problem.
Behaviorists don’t understand why some animals
will eat non-food items and others do not. Wool, wood items
and plastic products are often favorite targets for cats.
These behaviors seem to be more common in Siamese cats
and related breeds.
Some items that your pet ingests can create life-threatening
intestinal blockages, so your pet’s life may depend
on stopping this behavior. The technical term for this
behavior is pica – eating things that aren’t
Pet-proof your house if possible, so that your cat can’t
get hold of the things he likes to chew and eat. If you
can’t keep him away from the items, use products
to make them taste bad, or harmless ‘booby-traps” to
keep pets away. We recommend the SSSCat™ to keep your cat away from certain
places or things . Find other things to keep your cat occupied
so she isn’t looking for things to chew on. For some
great ideas on how to provide enriching toys and environments
for your cat, see our program Helping Kitty Be Good, available in a DVD or audio CD format.
If these suggestions don’t work, and especially
if the pica is causing life-threatening blockages, consider
consulting with your veterinarian and/or an experienced
and knowledgeable behavior consultant because of the seriousness
of the situation. Through a combination of environmental
management, medications prescribed by your veterinarian
and the appropriate use of aversive consequences, it may
be possible to stop the behavior.
PRODUCTS THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND, PREVENT AND RESOLVE PICA IN CATS
Automated Cat Repellant delivers
a harmless but effective puff of air whenever your cat
gets near it. Place it near things that your cat likes
To learn how to provide an enriching environment for
your cat and prevent pica problems, get our DVD Helping
Kitty Be Good.
Here you’ll learn what cats want and need to be healthy
and happy in your home.