Physical Causes Of Pica In Cats

Pica is a term that is used to refer to eating items that are not food. In cats, it may be eating cords, plastic, paper, litter, etc. If the problem is not addressed immediately, it can increase a cat’s risk to developing serious and potentially life-threatening problems. The physical causes of pica include the following: 

  • Dietary deficiencies - Eating kitty litter may indicate anemia, while eating large quantities of grass or plants may also indicate specific dietary deficiencies. Take note that some houseplants are toxic to cats or may cause severe digestive problems. 
  • Medical problems - Diabetes, brain tumors, feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) may trigger pica in cats.
  • Genetic predisposition - Some feline breeds are more predisposed to developing the problem, such as Burmese, Siamese, and other oriental-breed cats.

To get down to the bottom of what is causing your cat’s behavior, visit your veterinary clinic Rochester, NY.


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