(Closed) cat eating random things??? (just ate elastic)

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had a cat that would eat the end of pencils.  Erasers and especially loved the metal part :/  I also used to watch a dog that would eat rings, earrings, zippers.  Anything metal.  The dog would growl at you if you stopped it too.  So weird.

Post # 4
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

Yes, it will likely just pass through. Sometimes, if it continues, the animal can be low on iron. It’s a condition called Pica, where they eat random things. Depending on your vet, it can be expensive to test for it (mine won’t do iron by itself, they HAVE to do a full CBC W/Diff, which costs $220). The best treatment is to hide anything that can cause a bowel obstruction.

Post # 5
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Does she have chewy toys of her own? My cat isn’t much of a chewer, but once in awhile she will just go to town on this kitty Kong toy stuffed with catnip, and it’s totally safe. You might also consider growing some catnip or a little pot of grass for her – easily digestible and satisfies the need for chewing.

Keep tiny things put away and give her other things to push around. Anything with the ‘nip is going to be more appealing than a paperclip. Probably anything with a bell or a crinkly noise too. Cat toys are cheap!

I don’t know about the elastic passing, best keep an eye on the litter box…

Post # 6
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

All cats do this. My big kitty loves to chew on plastic. Little kitty loves travel packs of kleenex.

I agree with getting your kitty toys and putting away anything that she might eat. You don’t even have to buy toys–my little one’s favorites are the rings off of milk jugs and the caps off of water bottles (also kleenex packs and this cheapo stick toy that we got her that she promptly shredded and Fiance reattached…and she still adores).

Post # 7
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

for hair elastics and similar items, I don’t think she means to ingest them.  She probably started chewing on them because they looked like a fun toy (my cat LOVES to chase elastics), but then they get stuck on the cat’s tongue because of the ridging on the tongue.  My cat would try to bite them off, but would end up swallowing a lot.  She was fine, but every few months she woudl cough up a “hairball” of elastics.  Pretty gross, plus i had to buy new hair elastics all the time.  Anyway, the point is, she’s not meaning to eat them, but she will keep chewing on them if you leave them out because they are a fun toy for her.  Even if you get her other toys, she will keep chewing on them if you leave them out.  

Post # 8
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

Very common!  We do surgery on cats all the time for “linear foreign bodies” (i.e. long things that they eat).  Please be careful, it can cause her intestines to telescope and can actually cut through them.  Do your very best to clean this stuff up because I’ve never seen anyone train a cat :O)

Post # 9
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My younger cat loves to eat everything in sight.  She chews on boxes, clothing, towels, and she’ll rip her toys to pieces fairly quickly.

Definitely try to keep things picked up as much as you possibly can.  Mine spent 3 days in the animal hospital (and we spent $1500) after she ingested something around Christmastime.


Post # 10
8880 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

It’s common, cats are mischievous.

My cat likes to chew on cardboard boxes. She will chew a piece, turn around and look at you as she spits it out as if to say “haha, try and stop me”. She also chews on twist-ties if she finds them.

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