My cat eats plastic, especially plastic bags. Can you tell me what causes him to do this? What can I do about it?
T.H., Clovis, CA Apr 12, 2009
Cats like to chew and lick plastic possibly because stearates derived from animal fat are often incorporated to make the material flexible. That's my theory to explain why some cats like to steal, lick and nibble paper money that is coated with chemicals containing derivatives of animal fat. Many plastics contain harmful chemicals called phthalates and bisphenol A, so keep your cat away from all plastics, including food and water containers. Your cat may crave come roughage in his diet, so try sprouting some wheat grass or buy barley green for cats. Boredom can be a factor, too, so get some safe cat toys and play with your feline companion.
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