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Help - He eats everything!

Sarah SSarah S Member Posts: 16
edited 7 December, 2008 in Food & Nutrition
Our 6 month old cat has an oral fixation. He is always licking our hands, he chews on just about everything, and frequently bites us (playfully.) He is more like a dog than a cat. He has even destroyed a keyboard by biting the keys off of it! On top of that, we can't keep him away from food. This is becoming a real problem. He eats EVERYTHING. Bread, pasta, cereal, you name it. He even drinks orange juice. We have to put him away whenever we bring any food out or he'll go for it, aggressively. He is not deterred by scolding or loud noises and will go back to the food no matter how many times we push him away from it. Has anyone ever experienced this? How do I stop the eating and the constant chewing? :?

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  • Stephanie JohnsonStephanie Johnson Member Posts: 556
    edited 9 September, 2008
    First, let me say Oliver is a CUTIE!! :D And if he is still only 5 months old, he may just be growing and feels hungry a lot. Feeding a high quality food may help curb his hunger (there are LOTS of threads in this forum that talk about food options), and feeding on a regular schedule may convince him that he will get fed every day and not need to scrounge on anything he can find. Sorry I\'m not much help here, but maybe this will boost your post to the top and get attention from others.
  • Shelley CoxShelley Cox CarbondaleMember Posts: 2,752
    edited 9 September, 2008
    It's Fluff. This probably is not going to cheer you up, but I am that way too. I have managed to break into almost any container that our dry food is stored in, and opened the cabinet and ate things with thin tops. Today I stole a peach, rolled it all over the floor and bit little holes in it! I think it is just growing hunger, as I am clearly not finished growing yet, but my person doesn't know what to tell you to do. Locks on cabinets are a good idea, although we broke one already. Storing food in plastic containers with snap tops that we can't get off. Eventually he will stop growing. Is he fixed yet? That usually slows things down for male cats. For female cats it seems to trigger gluttonous eating, so my sister has joined me in my forays into the people food, and she looks like a tabby pillow. I am still long and thin, at least. Purrs to you and hope you can get enough to eat and grow into a big beautiful kitty! :-h
  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,807 ✭✭✭
    edited 9 September, 2008
    You might want to take him to the vet to rule out a medical reason that he is so hungry all the time. If it's not medical, it could be pica. :?
  • Tara WTara W St. PaulMember Posts: 939
    edited 10 September, 2008
    Could you tell us what you're feeding him, how much, and how often?
  • Gloria BixlerGloria Bixler Mansfield/ ArlingtonMember Posts: 7
    edited 10 September, 2008
    Did you know that cats can have obsessive/compulsive disorder, just like in humans, and that it's usually easily treated with medications? It often manifests itself with compulsive self-cleaning, chewing, eating, or licking. It's possible that your cat may be exhibiting the signs of OCD. I would get him checked out for it by a vet who specializes in felines.
  • Sarah SSarah S Member Posts: 16
    edited 16 October, 2008
    Sorry it's taken me a month to reply! Things aren't getting any better. As I am typing this Oliver is gnawing on my bracelet and trying desperately to latch on to my finger so he can suck it. To answer your questions about food, we feed him very high quality wet food. I am very strict about giving our cats a healthy diet, and I don't even give them dry food, so it's not malnutrition. I feed him two whole cans of kitten food daily. UPDATE - his oral fixation has gotten worse, and now he's starting to suck on things very eagerly. And once he starts sucking, he has a hard time stopping. He will suck on our fingers for more than an hour and when we try to pull away he bites. He also sucks on certain fabrics, like terry cloth. It really seems to me like he might have some sort of OCD? I love the guy, he LOVES people and is not the least bit shy, but his persistence can be very irritating. He has bitten both of us so hard it's very painful. I have NEVER known a cat like this and I'm really not sure how to make it stop.
  • Sarah SSarah S Member Posts: 16
    edited 16 October, 2008
    Sorry it\'s taken me a month to reply! Things aren\'t getting any better. As I am typing this Oliver is gnawing on my bracelet and trying desperately to latch on to my finger so he can suck it. To answer your questions about food, we feed him very high quality wet food. I am very strict about giving our cats a healthy diet, and I don\'t even give them dry food, so it\'s not malnutrition. I feed him two whole cans of kitten food daily. UPDATE - his oral fixation has gotten worse, and now he\'s starting to suck on things. And once he starts sucking, he has a hard time stopping. He will suck on our fingers for more than an hour and when we try to pull away he bites. He also sucks on certain fabrics, like terry cloth. It really seems to me like he might have some sort of OCD? I love the guy, he LOVES people and is not the least bit shy, but his persistence can be very irritating. He has bitten both of us so hard it\'s very painful. I have NEVER known a cat like this and I\'m really not sure how to make it stop.
  • Kristi CaseyKristi Casey Member Posts: 47
    edited 16 October, 2008
    Probably won't help, but have you tried those sprays that make things taste bad?
  • Jen SchmidtJen Schmidt MinneapolisMember Posts: 48
    edited 6 December, 2008
    I sometimes have this issue, although not as bad as Oliver. My item of choice is plastic. I LOVE plastic bags. I sneak them when mom is busy putting away groceries...or if a Ziplock is out. I am very sneaky, but not very good about hiding the evidence. Mom usually finds the chewed up bags and then gives me a talk about it giving me upset tummies....but I just can't stop! :-k
  • Sherry StoneSherry Stone Member Posts: 526
    edited 7 December, 2008
    I would definitely take him to a feline specialist. It really does sound like OCD. If he's not treated, odds are it's only going to get worse as he gets older. It can be treated with meds, quite successfully.
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