Many cats lick excessively as a compulsive disorder and we feel it is because they were weaned off of their mother's milk too soon. The suckling and licking that a cat does releases "feel good" hormones called endorphins and essentially calm the cat down. It is like a young child sucking their thumb when they're upset.
my cat not only licks but actually consumes plastic and paper (bathroom tissue, napkins, etc.) I worry about this being harmful to her in the long run. She is 4 yrs old and has always done this but it has become worse. I give her plenty of food all day long. She weights about 12 lbs. Will this harm her and how can I change this behavior?
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.