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Why does my cat always try to eat elastic bands?

Discussion in 'Pets' started by skrinkle, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. skrinkle

    skrinkle Cat Mom Staff Member Mod Squad

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    I just caught him with one. I usually don’t allow them anywhere but the trash, but I guess my bf forgot to put one away last night. Why the heck does Herbert want to eat them?
     
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    He probably thinks it's a toy. Or do only dogs like toys? I don't know, if cats like toys then buy him a new toy
     
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    Maybe he wants to wear it in his hair. Can you help him put it in? :(
     
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    I have had many cats that would try to chew them...I'm also careful not to leave them laying around. Maybe it reminds them of chewing through tendons with their carnassial teeth?
     
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    Maybe cats are fascinated by relatively small items and their movements? :)
     
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    skrinkle Cat Mom Staff Member Mod Squad

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    He has 10000 toys. He’s more trying to eat the elastic than play with it
     
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    It probably feels good in his mouth and hes all like nom nom nom
     
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    Actually now that I think about it, the first time I noticed him do it was around the same time I stopped feeding him dry food. Maybe he’s sick to death of licking his pate lol.
     
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    I have seen cats actually stretch the bands, and then I can hear their carnassials scissoring together and the cat cuts the band. Once cut, it is useless as such a toy, and they get bored and move on. However, this was not mentioned as a reason here:

    Why Do Cats Eat Rubber Bands?
     
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    skrinkle Cat Mom Staff Member Mod Squad

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    Ok this article mentions diabetes, and he is diabetic! I guess that’s the reason
     
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    Isn't that what I said?
     
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