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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Charlotte    Ringgold, GA

8/12/2010 12:10:58 PM

One of my cats hates ciragette smoke. The first sight of it and she will run away. During the night, though, she will take her paw and pull any cigarette butts out of the ash tray onto the table and then eat the ashes! I try to remember to put the ash tray where she can't find it.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

5/24/2010 10:05:38 AM

good article thanks

scott    carondale, PE

5/14/2010 10:49:40 AM

thats nasty

Naomi    Wareham, MA

1/23/2009 5:58:45 AM

Very helpful. I'll contact my veterinarian immediately. Thanks.

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