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Q: My Cat is Eating Carpet

August 23, 2008 | By Davina T. | 4 answers | Expired: 2183 days ago

My Cat is Eating Carpet

Recently I've noticed my 5 1/2 mo old kitten is not only picking and chewing at the carpet, he actually eats the carpet fibers. He's also been known to lick up some of the cardboard from his scratching box. Is eating carpet okay? Is he hungry? He eats his dry food normally (food is always available) but always seems to be ready to lick and eat anything else. He's also taken to wanting to chew and bite on anything. Other than this he is normally using litter box, playing, has energy, etc.

UPDATE: Thanks for the responses everyone. The vet gave me some liquid vitamins for Starsky; he says he may be missing something in his diet. I told him I feed a mix of Science Diet and Purina One and he said it was fine. I had already tried one spray on the carpet called Fooey, but I will try the Bitter Apple kind too.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Aug 23, 2008

No. It's not okay. I know a dog that died from eating a rug. Talk to your vet about how to handle this situation.

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Lisa M.
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Aug 23, 2008

Your cat may have something called pica. It is an abnormal urge to eat non-food products. You really have to becareful with your cat eating anything that is not food because it may cause an obstrution. You can try putting crushed red pepper in a spray bottle with water and spray that on his normal things that you have seen him chewing. You may also try tabasco sauce or vinegar...but becareful with these as they may discolor your rug/couch or whatever you use it on. I would say to use mouth balls but they can be toxic and if he does decide to eat those you will be in trouble. My advice is to talk to your vet try the ideas above and also give him some more toys that he can chew on (without strings or harmful if swallowed items). Good luck and I hope this helps.

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Vicki T.
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Aug 23, 2008

It definitely sounds like your dog has pica. When I was growing up, we had a cat who ate blankets, sweaters, you name it and he died from it. It can cause intestinal blockages and the chemicals used to make these fabrics are not good for your pet. Talk to your vet and perhaps he can recommend a behaviorist to find out why this kitty is doing this. Lisa M has some great advice, too.

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