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Why does my cat bite and eat plastic bags?

These cats are called bag biters. Many cats are bag biters.

This cat behavior is still a mystery to me.  Some cats bite bags more than others.  Most feline behaviorists have come to believe that cats can smell the odors in the plastic, and find it simply irresistible to bite.  Also, it is possible that the cats enjoy the coolness and texture of the plastic.  Other behaviorists believe that it may be a feline “oral compulsive” behavior, similar to a cat trying to “nurse”.

Cats probably also enjoy the sound that plastic bags make when they chew them.  This is very similar to many of the crunchy cat toys that owners by for their cats.  When cats bite their prey, usually it will make a sound.  Therefore, it is possible that biting a bag is similar to hunting and catching prey.

Plastic bags can be extremely harmful to your cat, so you should try your best to keep them away from your cat.  If your cat eats the plastic, it can result in a variety of health problems.  If your cat ate a plastic bag, you should speak with a veterinarian to make sure that your kitty is healthy!

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Why does my cat have bald spots?

Some cats are supposed to be bald!  For example, take a look at photos of sphynx cats!

If your cat is not a sphynx cat, it is probably not normal that your cat has bald spots.

Your cat can have bald spots for a number of reasons. Here are a few reasons:

  • psychogenic alopecia syndrome
  • fleas
  • bladder infection

Psychogenic Alopecia

This is a terminology that indicates hair loss due to psychological stresses. Cats often respond to stress (or boredom) by over grooming or chewing their fur. You may not notice that your cat is over-grooming because he may only be bored when you are not around.

Generally, with psychogenic alopecia, the hair loss starts on the abdomen/stomach, and the progresses to the cat’s thighs. Sometimes the hair loss will progress to the cat’s back.

In most cases, psychogenic alopecia it is a cosmetic issue, and does not actually affect the cat’s health in a negative way. However, it is important to take your cat to a veterinarian to make sure there is not any other cause for the hair loss.

You can reduce the hair loss by reducing the stress and boredom that your cat is experiencing. In order to reduce boredom, you can play games with your cats, or provide your cat with toys to play with. Many cats will not play independently, so it is important to encourage your cat to play, or purchase mechanical cat toys that will motivate your cat to play. There are some cat toys available that slowly reduce food. This extends your cats feeding time, and encourages your cat to play in order to obtain the food.

Fleas

Exposure to fleas can cause your cat to groom excessively. Your cat may also scratch his fur excessively, which also can lead to hair loss. This can result in your cat having bald spots in the areas that he is over grooming and scratching.

You can check your cat for fleas by purchasing a flea comb. When you brush your cat with these fine combs, the fleas are pulled away from the cats skin. The comb will also reveal flea droppings, which will indicate that your cat has fleas.

The easiest way to treat fleas is to take your cat to see a veterinarian. There are many flea treatments on the market that are effective, but some are not very safe for cats. Never use dog flea treatments on cats. Dog flea treatments can be fatal to cats!

Bladder Infections

Bladder infections sometimes cause cats to lick and over groom their abdomens. This is a serious issue that requires attention by a veterinarian.

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Why does my cat bite me?

Cats bite for numerous reasons. Biting is very common in kittens, but usually cats stop biting as they get older. Kittens bite because they are very playful creatures, and biting is a fun game for them!  You may also be interested in reading why cats sometimes purr and then bite, or why cats chew and bite plastic bags.

Your cat is most likely biting you because he is playing a game. Cats bite a lot when they are playing. Unfortunately, cats don’t always know when to stop playing, and sometimes they can hurt you when they bite.

Sometimes when a cat is playing, it has a hard time setting the boundary between playing with you and hurting you.

Your cat may also be biting you to warn you that he does not like something. For example, if you are petting your cat on his stomach, he may bite you softly to warn you that he does not like it.

If your cat is biting you hard or is displaying aggressive behavior, there could be something wrong with him, especially if the behavior is out of the ordinary. You should take your cat to see a veterinarian if he is acting out of character.

Cats may bite more frequently after undergoing a declaw surgery. Cats use their claws to grip objects. After a cat’s claws are removed, he has nothing to grip objects with except his teeth. Therefore, after your cat is declawed, he may bite objects (or you) instead of using his paws.

Cats may also bite if you have various scents on your hands. For example, if you were recently cooking with meat or other yummy foods, your cat may lick or bite your hands. In this case, your cat probably wants the food and does not realize that his biting may hurt you.

Some cats will bite your hands if you have chemicals on them such as bleach or other cleaning products. You should ensure that you wash your hands with soap and water before handling your cat. If your cat eats these dangerous chemicals, he could become ill.

How can I stop my cat from biting me?

You can train your cat to stop biting.  In order to train your cat to stop biting, it is extremely important that you are consistent. Never punish your cat or use physical force with your cat. Instead, simply say “No” in a stern voice. Pet owners have also reported success with pressing into the cat when he bites, instead of pulling your hand away. Another technique is to not react at all to the biting. Of course, this method only works if your cat is not biting extremely hard.

If you move your hand away after your cat bites you, he will probably think that you are playing a game with him. This will encourage the biting, and will probably result in your cat biting more frequently. Be patient with your cat. If you are patient and consistent, your cat will stop biting. If he does not stop biting, you should take him to see a veterinarian because he could be ill.

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