why does my cat like to lick tissue until it's a (spitball)?

why does my cat eat tissue

Asked by Member 841323 on May 30th 2009 in Other Behavior & Training
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Izadore (Izzie)

Your cat is probably suffering from a condition called "pica". Pica is dangerous to cats. If your cat eats an inedible item, it could get stuck in your cat's stomach or intestine, which would not allow food to go through the system. In addition, if something is lodged in your cat's stomach or intestine, it may cut off the blood supply to both of these organs. These conditions are potentially lethal. Many vets believe that a cat who eats inedible objects has some underlying medical condition, so you should get him to the vets as soon as you can for tests. If he checks out alright, then he may possibly be attracted to the odor of the tissue or if it's the kind with lotion, the taste of the lotion. He could also be trying to get your attention, to get you to play with him more. And finally, he could be hungry! Only your vet can tell for sure if your cat has an underlying health concern and guide you from there on what to do.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on May 30th.

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This is OT, but humans get pica too--the most common examples being pregnant women who eat things like dirt, or toddlers who eat lead-based paint. There is usually a nutritional deficiency behind this (also a psychological element, if I'm remembering correctly), and the conclusion is that your cat needs to see a vet.

Lola answered on 6/3/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer