|Purred: Sat Dec 30, '06 9:25am PST |
|Eating strange things like wool or cotton can also be a disorder of the cat's natural hunting behavior which is to stalk, pounce, tear off feathers and skin, and eat. Not only does skin and feathers pass through the cat's stomach, but the cat has an instinct to do the tearing and plucking before swallowing.
Some pet cats get compulsive about this part of the predatory sequence, tearing off feathers and skin bit by bit and swallowing it all. Since ordinary cat food gives no chance of tearing and ripping, the cat looks for this somewhere else. Cats will tear and rip and then eat wool, cotton, paper, cardboard, wicker baskets and electric cables. Some cats go out and steal soft toys, bring them home and tear them, imitating the whole hunting sequence with teddy bear prey!
Edited by author Mon Jan 1, '07 1:49am PST
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