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Questions about Plastic Chewing

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Posted by: elanwen67 at Tue Mar 20 11:39:02 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by elanwen67 ]  
   

Hi! I have two cats, a 3yo female and a 1.5yo male. Both are altered and indoor.

My baby, Tumaini, is especially enamored of chewing on plastic, and has been all her life. I know this is a common behavior, and don't mind very much. However, I am concerned because she frequently will act as if she is going to swallow bits of plastic. My biggest battle occurred the first Christmas that I had her. Curling ribbon became her favorite snack. After finding a piece in the litter box (so scary!) and pulling six inches of it out of her throat on a separate occassion, I eliminated curling ribbon entirely from the house, and haven't had it since.

Obviously, ingesting plastic can cause huge problems for cats. I try to limit plastic in the house, but eliminating it completely is next to impossible. And now the male has taken to trying to eat tape off of boxes, as well as our shower curtain.

Any advice for discouraging the eating of plastic, other than being omniscient and omnipresent in order to correct them every time they start chewing?


   

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