A cat that suddenly starts eating litter is almost always sick, says Jane Brunt, a
from Towson, Maryland. Most often when a cat begins to eat kitty litter it is due to a health condition. The catвs instincts drive him or her to consume the litter in hopes of compensating for or correcting the condition. Most often, the consumption of kitty litter is a symptom of anemia. Anemia is a disease in which there is a lack of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the body. Another indicator of anemia to look for is paleness. You can check to see if your cat is pale by looking at his or her gums. If your catвs gums are white or bluish, rather than the healthy pink color that they should be, he or she is exhibiting paleness. of paleness should be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Cats with a vitamin or mineral deficiency may also begin eating cat litter. Natural clays are contained in kitty litter and are rich in minerals therefore a cat may eat litter in order to try to compensate for this lack of nutrients.
As well, cats with kidney disease or feline leukemia may eat cat litter on occasion. Kittens on the other hand most often eat cat litter only out of curiosity. Much like a child, kittens are intrigued by their surroundings and will not hesitate to put anything in their mouth. It is important that you do not allow your cat or kitten to eat clumping cat litter therefore it is advised not to use clumping litter until your cat is old enough to know not to eat it. If your grown cat begins eating litter you may want to replace it with non-clumping until you can fix the problem. My cat is currently being diagnosed as having an auto immune disease after he developed sores on his neck, face and back and crinkly ears. he is awaiting test results to see why but clear of FiV and FeLV (aids and leukemia viruses) as those tests were done on the Thursday and came back clear.
He has been back to the vet several times because biopsies and blood work are needed, and post operatively he had tried to pull out his stitches and was obsessively scratching/itchy. So he now has a very fetching jacket and neck cone combo (due to woundsites he couldnt just have the cone). The woundsites apart from 1 on his face are currently all dry (the first started as a wet sore in the middle of his shoulders). From his sores first appearing (was just the main site initially) it progressed very rapidly to other areas within a few days and now more small patches are appearing but they all seem dry. At first we thought was a flea bite allergy and caused by excess licking/chewing but some of his sores that came up a couple of days later couldnt be that.
Apparently the pattern (especially how his ears have gone) indicates autoimmune. Since he started with this he also appears (noticed it yesterday (Friday) and the day before and mostly prevented it) that he has started trying to eat his litter as well. food etc does get caught in the cone and he had definitely been chewing on it last night. We also caught him trying to the morning before his General Anaesthetic (Thursday) but prevented him at that point in time, figured was hunger as hadnt been allowed food and no access to dry food which he normally has at will). We dont know at this stage if he has a food allergy, form of cancer, lupus, or just autoimmune skin disease. just that the vet feels it is autoimmune and the onset of illness from one small sore (size of a pound coin) it had spread within days to the oldest sore being approx 2 inches across and becoming scabbed/scaly whilst other both dry and slightly wet sores appeared as well as the strange scabs and crinkling of his ears.
He had seemed as lively and behaving normally bar a bit of licking/scratching from when first sore started, yesterday and today has been a bit dopey at times/less sure footed, but yesterday was only less than 24hr post GA and probably still has a bit in his system? Anyway am wondering why he has suddenly started eating his litter and if it could be linked to or shed light on his current condition? He is back at the vet on Tuesday for a post op check (op was on Thursday). Am not sure whether should let his vet practise know today or wait, the vet who he is seeing isnt around as far as I know over the weekend. His litter is non clumping lightweight, grit type of litter. should we also change this as a preventative to him trying to eat it and if so what to?