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I Need Your Help . . . Cat Eats Every Fabric Scrap Found!

Now it's one thing if your feline fixates on one particular item you can keep out of reach (for a pal, it's their sponge), but what do you do if a pet seems to want to eat every cut of cloth he gets his claws into?! Community Member Flack explains:

Our little guy, Malachi, is eating everything and has been doing so for over a year. We can't have curtains, we hide our cushions and dish towels, we keep our towels out of the bathroom and make sure to keep our bedroom and all closets closed. But still, he manages to find the one thing we've forgotten (a sock, a cardigan on the back of a chair, a fleece blanket peeking out of the linen closet). He was a special rescue, and we love him to bits, but we can't spend the next 15 years hiding every scrap of fabric — please tell me you have some sort of idea how to fix this!

She turned up a few mentions of Pica — referring to animals craving and eating non-food items — through research, but can't very well douse her entire home with bitter apple spray and really needs tips on how to get her precious pal to turn his nose up at non-edible, non-treats. Offer your suggestions in the comments below and remember if you have questions to be answered, either send me a private message or simply post to the Pet Peeves group — we're all here to help!

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luna08 luna08 7 years
My cat did this too...only her thing was athletic socks. Seriously, not just chewing, but ingesting. I called the vet (thinking that it might be a vitamin deficency or something), and he just said, "Um, hide your socks." She was an only cat, and I was at work all day. Finally, after the first year of have her (she was about a year and a half old at this point), I adopted another cat. Problem solved! She also stopped destroying things and bothering me at night. It must have been loneliness and anxiety.
nikki815 nikki815 7 years
My cat Buttons, for the first year of his life, chewed everything he slept on. We later found that it was a result of being weened too early and was him suckling as he slept. He chewed sweaters, blankets, everything. Eventually he stopped. I wish I could tell you how long it took or that we did something, but its been so long. Buttons is now 10 years old. His other strange habit (cat-wise) was his compulsion to pace and meow. Our other two cats would sleep and he would pace, sometimes for hours. Not only was it annoying, but we wondered if he was mentally ok, for lack of a better word, retarded. This past year the vet discovered he had an overactive thyroid. Just hours after his first pill, it was like a different cat. He actually relaxes, he put on weight which for him was a really good thing. The moral of my story is to talk to your vet. It may cost a little bit of money, but think of what you spend to replace the items he destroys. He may very well have an imbalance somewhere. BTW, does he have food available all the time, could he be hungry?
gjt4954 gjt4954 7 years
My year old female does the same thing. She eats anything including 2 ponytail ties. I had to get her to throw up those otherwise she would have had to have surgery because she couldn't pass it. I've tried all kinds of sprays and nothing has worked. She eats rugs, clothes, towels, socks. I've read much about this but have not found anything to fix it. Seems that the Siamese breed is one the the top cats to do this sort of thing. But mine is just a tabby. Maybe she has some Siamese too I got her from a shelter so who knows. Just make sure you keep an eye on her because if she can't pass it through her system and won't throw it up on her own you will have to take her to the vet. This sort of thing can kill our furry friends. Good luck. If I ever do find a way to stop it i will post it here.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
Maybe it's anxiety? Or stress that you're gone from the home? Penny, my siamese, would destroy everything after I left for work. I started playing with her before I left making sure she was very tired. She would run after the laser pointer until she was panting. Nothing gets destroyed now.
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
Oh no, how horrible! I wish I had some advice :(
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