Post # 1
my cat dexter chews my thumb ring and 2 other rings, all 3 rings are sterling silver, he purrs like crazy whilst chewing them and gets very cross if i try to stop him.
I googled this and got some results back with suggestions that dexter has a disorder called pica, b ut when reading further metals as such arnt mentioned, it seemed to be wool, cat litter, and other things but metal was not mentioned, i did however wonder and still am thinking that prehaps dexter has some mineral deficiency which he is trying to replace by chewing on my rings through the night….
any advice and or suggestions most welcomed
Post # 3
I would call your vet and simply explain what he is doing. You may go in for some testing, or they may tell you it is no biggie. Anytime I am in doubt I always call and ask. No question is to silly when it is about your fur kid’s health. Good luck!
Post # 4
Hmmm. My parents had a cat that used to chew on the legs of these metal chairs they had. She would do it when she was purring to stop herself (I know, that’s so weird, but she couldn’t stop unless she chewed something.)
She stripped off most of the paint off the chair. I think we all got used to her doing it. But I felt really sad when she died early (only 7 years). She had mouth cancer. My parents think it may have been from the paint.
I do not think that would happen with your cat but I would mention it to the vet.
Post # 5
It could also be that he just likes the shiney? My cat likes to try to bite my rings, especially the diamond on my ering (I don’t let her) and I am pretty sure it’s because it’s shiny and she likes that
Post # 6
My cat also likes to chew metal. I have one sterling silver necklace pendant in particular that he loves to chew. He doesn’t seem to do it much now though, he did it constantly when he was younger (under one year) though.
Post # 7
@mellcannon: Well, to answer your question, I would get on the phone with your vet and explain the situation. Honestly I would just hide the rings from him if he keeps doing it.
In addition, let me tell you that the title of your post made me LOL out loud! Cats are the weirdest of creatures, aren’t they? 🙂
Post # 8
i’d speak to the vet but it’s possible that he just likes the feel of it. i’ve 2 cats and one of them goes crazy for plastic especially if it’s noisy, she’s also got a thing for chewing sellotape. I’m forever chasing her and removing plastic from her grasp, she gets pretty angry with me too but i’d rather have a scuffle than her choke