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Discussion in 'Cat Behavior' started by Spookyandsammy, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    Spooky loves to chew and eat everything I think she might have pica I don't know if its normal for them she also carries marbles in her mouth and throws it to play with it I try to stop her before she takes off like a bat out of hell whatever shes eating is gone
     

  2. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Cat Fan especially Black Cats Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Hi!
    Although this is referencing something else, this article may have some suggestions that might help, along with picking up the marbles and other things she shouldn't have access to;
    Wool Sucking Cats
     
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  3. war&wisdom

    war&wisdom TCS Member Super Cat

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    Marbles? She could choke on those. Keep them away from her!
     
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  4. ArtNJ

    ArtNJ TCS Member Top Cat

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    Try crumpled balls of paper. One of mine used to pick those up in his mouth and run with them after batting them around. We used to play fetch. Sort of, but without the actual fetching, cause cats do their own thing.

    Personally, I don't know that calling it "pica" is helpful. Cats like to chew stuff. Many will swallow stuff. The exact things vary from cat to cat, but just generally, it is something many do; part of the cat package. The only solution I know of is cat proofing.

    It is dangerous for sure. I went to stretch in the sewing room, thought I was watching. Looked away for maybe ten seconds. Had to chase the cat, because he was swallowing a thread. I pulled 10 inches of thread out of his mouth (and belly?) and thank god the needle was still attached.

    Maybe you have something different going on, but if this is just the cats being cat thing, there isn't any magic solution I know of. Sorry!
     
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  5. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    I take them away right away
     

  6. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    I think it's just her being a cat but she does chews a straws
     

  7. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Top Cat

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    Most cats will play/chew straws. Since you think she may have pica the first thing you need to do is go through everything she can reach - on the flor shelves, everywhere, and put anything she might swallow in a box secured with packing tape until this problem is solved. If your cat can get something in her mouth, you don't really need it. If you have make up, put them where she can't get them. same for soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and the like.

    TAKE BOTH YOUR CATS TO A VET AND DISCUSS ALL THESE DIFFERENT PROBLEMS WITH HIM/HER. PARTICULARLY YOUR FEAR OF PICA AND THE ITCHING. They can die from the diseases the vaccines will protect them from diseases that are expensive and can kill them.
     

  8. war&wisdom

    war&wisdom TCS Member Super Cat

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    Put them somewhere she can't get to them. You don't want any accidents. What if she does this when you're not there? Or she chokes before you can take it out of her mouth?
     
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  9. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    I've got a question I have a scratching post that they tore apart she started to play with it and chew it is it safe ?
     

  10. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    I've got a question I have a scratching post that they tore apart she started to play with it and chew it is it safe ?
     

  11. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    The rope part of it it's safe for them. Sorry I didn't explain it well enough
     

  12. LTS3

    LTS3 TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Non-food items are always a concern if ingested. String-like objects can cause obstruction in the digestive tract. If the scratching post is badly shredded, put it out with the trash and buy a new scratching post.
     

  13. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Top Cat

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    What did the vet say when you took the cats in? Does he know why this is one is eating odd things? Does he know why the other one is
    scratching?
     

  14. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    I haven't brought her shes been doing better I catch her before she eats it
     

  15. war&wisdom

    war&wisdom TCS Member Super Cat

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    You really need to take Spooky to the vet. Has she been spayed and gotten vaccinated yet?
     

  16. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    Both girls is getting all that done soon
     

  17. Spookyandsammy

    Spookyandsammy Thread Starter Spookys human Alpha Cat

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    I'm still looking for a vet I dont have alot of money but she's been good I pick stuff up before she gets anything
     

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