Cat Eats Dirt

Some cats develop unusual eating habits. If your cat eats dirt, have it examined by a veterinarian to rule out anemia.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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CatCats have been known to eat dirt and chew paper and bits of cloth.

To determine if this habit is harmful for your cat, have your veterinarian examine your cat and have a blood profile done to rule out a problem, such as anemia, that might make your cat seek such substances, such as dirt, that could provide trace minerals.

Some cats eat or chew odd things for fun, but when they eat dirt or ashes, anemia becomes a concern. If the cat's blood work is normal, then you can attribute the cat's behavior to a feline quirk. Dirt and paper are not harmful, but try to keep the cloth away from the cat; it could obstruct the cat's bowel.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/22/2013 3:59:21 PM


leanansidhex    San Francisco, CA

7/18/2011 1:02:01 PM

Have them checked for anemia and also have a heavy metal tox(ic) screen.
Check for imbalance, example, too little iron, too much zinc.
Google the correct name for this "PICA" for in depth and important info.
Licking plaster or walls is the same behavior.
If your cat is eating dirt, you then have to make sure there are no toxins in the dirt.
Fertilizer, nicotine run off from cigarette butts into water that will end up in the dirt, are just two ways your cat could be poisoned

janet    bethlehem, PA

2/7/2011 4:28:52 AM

strange habit doesn't sound very good for the cat

janet    bethlehem, PA

9/3/2009 4:41:04 AM

good article thank you

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