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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-16-2013, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Older cat wants to eat litter

He eats the litter that is not soiled then throws up. I use Arm and Hammer or Scoop Away?
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That is definitely a weird one. I have never heard of that.

You could try Feline Pine litter, but I wasn't a huge fan. Also, maybe he feels the need to throw up, so he eats it knowing it will make him sick. (Stomach problems?) You could try cat grass, which will help is stomach.

Also, a trip to the vet might be in order.


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Litter eating (especially in older cats) is usually a sign of anemia or a vitamin deficiency. You should get your cat to the vet as soon as you can for bloodwork. Often the solution is as simple as a vitamin supplement, and the sooner the better for getting treatment.


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Litter eating (especially in older cats) is usually a sign of anemia or a vitamin deficiency. You should get your cat to the vet as soon as you can for bloodwork. Often the solution is as simple as a vitamin supplement, and the sooner the better for getting treatment.
That makes total sense. Like a human wanting to eat dirt. (iron deficiency? I can't remember)


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One of my youngsters started eating the litter a bit when I tried the clumping one - he had never done it before. He wasn't sick afterwards but it freaked me out - another reason that I wouldn't use that one again.
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He is 15 with kidney failure, its been 4 months since dignosis abut he seems to be doing fine otherwise. Was at the vets just days ago getting a round of antibiotics for blood in urine. Now no blood but caught him trying to eat the litter. He loves to go outside for walks where he heats grass and then throws up every time he goes out.
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I don't know if it translates to cats, but I know when my kidneys failed and I went on dialysis, my whole taste for foods changed. Things that used to be palatable (even favorites) to me became icky and vice versa. That said, I never started eating cat litter.

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That said, I never started eating cat litter.
i am very glad to hear that.

if you've ever seen "my strange addiction," i think most of the people on it have pica. they eat scotch tape and chalk, drink nail polish, even scouring powder.

one woman was addicted to eating cat food (dry) and i didn't see the show but i saw it on the soup with joel mchale, a woman actually eats her cat's hair. she was wadding it up into little balls, and then she started licking the cat. a doctor weighed in on it and said she probably has a gigantic hair ball in her stomach.

at the end she said, "but i have limits. i'm not going to lick its butt."

i'll go with some kind of deficiency, or even doing it on purpose to fwow up. maybe you could get him some cat grass and he won't eat the litter.
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