Cat keeps eating carpet fiber – how to stop

Here are some methods to stop your cat from clawing out and eating large chunks of carpet fibers.

Rule of medical concerns

You may want to have your cat checked with the vet if this is a sudden change in behavior. The behavior of eating non-food items like carpet fiber is called pica. Cats may suddenly start to eat materials like carpet fiber due to stress or possibly issues related to diet deficiencies.

Boredom and anxiety

A lot of cat owners underestimate how much attention a cat needs. The clawing and eating of carpet fiber could be a result of underlying behavioral issues. Your cat might not be getting enough mental and physical stimulation. Scratching the carpet or rug could be one way the cat is relieving its anxiety and stress.

In addition to having enough play time with the cat, make sure there are plenty of cat scratchers around the house so your cat doesn’t feel urge the scratch in undesirable places.

Replicating grass

Some cats may like to eat grass, especially when they run into digestive problems because grass can act as a natural laxative. If your cat doesn’t have access to outdoor space, they might be eating the carpet fiber as an alternative to grass. It may help to grow a few patches of cat grass and place them around the house.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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