Abnormal eating habits and chewing in cats (Pica)

If your cat licks, chews or eats items that are not food, it is showing a type of behaviour called 'pica'. This behaviour can be very difficult for both of you. Your belongings might never be safe and worse, your feline friend is at risk too. Items swallowed could cause an obstruction inside your cat or may be poisonous. There may be many reasons for your cat to show pica - this behaviour can be a sign of discomfort or may be the result of a medical problem. You must first find out why your pet is showing this behaviour if you want to stop it.