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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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cat 10 yrs old suddenly taken to eating cat litter on ocasions

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cat 10 yrs old suddenly taken to eating cat litter on ocasions no other problems apparent eating and drinking normally
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 3 years ago.
Scott Nimmo :

My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, I will be very pleased to work with you today and will try my best to answer your question to your satisfaction.

Scott Nimmo :

This is what is termed Pica, this is when animals suddenly start to eat non food items such as dirt etc, form them to eat cat litter is something I have dealt with now and again.

Scott Nimmo :

This can happen because of some underlying disease or it can also happen as a sign of senility, but Nemo is only ten so this is likely not the cause or very often it happens for no obvious reason

Scott Nimmo :

So how to handle it? : Well the my usual approach would be to have a thorough clinical examination and perhaps a blood test to rule out any obvious disease issues, if that comes back as clear then I would simply change the cat little to another brand which is very different in terms of texture and appearance from the one you are using at present.

Scott Nimmo :

Eating cat litter in itself is not dangerous as long as only small amounts are involved but if it becomes a habit and larger amounts are consumed then there is a danger of intestinal tract blockage.

Scott Nimmo :

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.

Regards,

Scott


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