Destructive Chewing by Cats and Kittens - The Spruce
Questions that can come up when working with families that have in their households, are often about a cat’s predilection for on odd items. While plastic bags may seem like a strange choice for cats; from a cat’s point of view, they are very attractive. However, chewing on these bags can be dangerous for your cat as they can suffocate or choke on bags and bag pieces.
the only thing that Cody chews on is plastic bags (but he doesn’t actually chew them up and eat them). My vet explained that by saying there is corn syrup (I believe it is that) in the bags that makes them attractive to cats.
"Cats may also chew plastic due to anxiety," says Dr. Pike, noting that it could either be generalized anxiety or a reaction to a lack of environmental enrichment. Other major causes of anxiety that could induce a kitty to chew plastic: Social conflict with other felines in the household or situational stresses, such as storm phobias or separation anxiety. I recently lost a 3 year old cat to what I believe was his constant chewing on plastic. I didn't think this could be dangerous at the time, but now I am afraid that's what killed him. He died before I could get to a Vet. Is plastic deadly? Can it kill? Now I have another two cats that want to chew on plastic and I have to make sure anything plastic like plastic around toilet tissue, etc. is put away from where they can get at it.
I am very sorry for your loss. An obsession with eating plastic could be deadly, although I have known of many cats who chew on plastic and almost none that have become obstructed from it.
Of course, there is always a chance a cat can develop an intestinal obstruction from any foreign material that is swallowed.
If your kitty was vomiting, not eating, not defecating, and generally very ill for several days, he may have passed away because of an obstruction. However, your question seems to indicate that he died much more suddenly which would mot strongly support a theory of obstruction from eating plastic.
I'm sorry that I cannot say with certainty what caused your kitty's death. And I know how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet and not know the cause. It is especially worrisome when that happens and you have other pets that you worry may develop the same problem.
Evem though you do not know the exact cause of your kitty's death, you do still need to be concerned about your other cats eating plastic. You are not alone in your struggle with plastic-eating cats. I've lived with cats that chew plastic for years and have learned to keep all plastic away from them. After awhile, it just becomes second nature. Removing all plastic is the only way to avoid having any issues with vomiting or obstructions from your kitties ingesting it. Many cats will never exhibit this behavior regardless of how much plastic is around while others will go after anything plastic the second you put it down. Since it's impossible to know exactly which cats are going to have this tendency and which ones aren't, it's best to err on the side of caution and keep all plastic out of sight from all cats.
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Again, I am really sorry for your loss. I hope you will stop blaming yourself. It may mot have been the plastic and even if it was, you didn't know the dangers. The most important thing you can do now is learn from your experience and love and protect your other cats and share your story as you have done here so you may help others.
With sympathy and best wishes,
Domestic cats seem to love chewing on and eating plants; why is not completely clear. Several reasons could explain the behavior, however. First, they may be instinctively searching for nutrients not provided to them in their regular diets. Or, some cats may feel the need to regurgitate something disagreeable. Eating enough plant material can have this effect on many cats, who may be trying to dislodge a big hairball, or some other undesirable object. Another possible reason for the plant munching is simply that they like the taste and texture of what they are eating. Just look at the feline obsession for catnip, a perennial in the mint family.A dangerous household item cats often is electrical cord and wire. As with plastic bags, cats can find the oral sensation of chewing on cords pleasant. in particular can chew cords as part of their exploratory development. Chewing on cords is a dangerous activity that should be actively prevented as it presents a choking hazard, as well as the possibility of injury and death from electrocution. It also can obviously damage your household electronics and cause electrical fires.