I have a 9 yr old female cat that chews stuff

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    I have a 9 yr old female cat that chews stuff

    Hello, we adopted a 9 yr old female cat from the mspca and she seems to on occasion chew on foam, plastic christmas tree needles, headphone wires, etc.....why is she doing that?

     
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    Re: I have a 9 yr old female cat that chews stuff

    Get rid of all plastic bags, asap. There is an chemical in the making of them in them that attracts cats.  It can cause a serious blockage and require emergency veterinary care.

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

    The condition you descrbe is called "pica" 

    Google:   pica cats for more information.

     
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    Re: I have a 9 yr old female cat that chews stuff

    Excerpt from the article provided by the link (previous post)

    • Dietary deficiencies: Some cats will eat their cat litter if they’re anemic, Plotnick says. "I’ve had two cases of cats with anemia, and that was one of the signs." And although it’s normal for cats to eat a little grass, eating a lot of plant material may indicate something’s missing from the cat’s diet.
    • Medical problems: Cat pica is also associated with feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, and it may be triggered by conditions like diabetes or brain tumors.
    • Genetic predisposition: For some cats, pica appears to be in their genes. For example, wool sucking, sometimes a precursor to pica, is seen more frequently in Siamese and Birman cats, says Alice Moon-Fanelli, PhD, CAAB, a certified applied animal behaviorist researching wool sucking at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
    • Environmental factors: Is the cat bored or seeking attention? Does he need more mental or physical stimulation? "Some cats require more environmental stimulation than others," Moon-Fanelli says.
    • Compulsive disorder: Once other possibilities are ruled out, Moon-Fanelli says, "we start to investigate whether the behavior may be a compulsive disorder. We think it may have a genetic basis, because we do see it occurring more frequently in certain breeds." 

    Though feline pica shows up most frequently in young cats, it can also appear in older cats.

    When that happens, says Moon-Fanelli, "my first thought is, ‘Is there an underlying medical cause, or stressful changes in the environment that would precipitate this sort of behavior?’"

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    Re: I have a 9 yr old female cat that chews stuff

    Another thought, have you re-evaluated her diet?   Any improvement?

    http://vitalanimal.com/back-away-from-the-kibble/

     

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