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Is Your Cat Eating Litter? Take these precautions immediately!

Publish Date: February 15th, 2022; Author: Blake Quinn
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No doubt, litter boxes are beneficial, especially for a young cat. No matter how much someone loves their Feline, nobody likes to clean the mess they create by pooping inside their house and ruining their furniture and sheets. So, potty training a cat with a litter box is really an excellent option as it teaches the kitten the proper potty habits.

However, many kitties’ parents complain that they eat litter from the litter box. To be honest, mostly, it’s not normal. There could be a dozen reasons why your cat feels that urge to eat litter. Severe and non-severe both. As a responsible parent, you should be aware of them to make sure that your cat is ok? In this blog, we will try to cover all the reasons why do cats eat litter and is it something serious if you find your kitten eating litter? lastly, what steps should you take to overcome it?

Why is my cat eating litter?

Reasons could be many for a cat eating cat litter. We can broadly classify them in terms of behavioural or medical reasons. While behavioural reasons are not so serious, medical reasons can be severe and demand professional help. Some of the reasons are listed as;

Boredom

Like humans, when we get bored, we like to do weird things that we don’t normally do. The same happens with cats too. If Sitting for a long time in the litter box, your cat might like to eat litter just to kill time.

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Curiosity

Pets are not less than babies. Naughtiness, cuteness, and even Curiosity are similar traits of a baby and a cat. Maybe, out of Curiosity, your Kitty can get the urge to taste, wondering, what does it taste like?

Anaemia

You must have heard about anaemia in humans and how serious it could be if not treated on time. Well, your Kitty can be anaemic too, and let us tell you, litter eating can be one of the symptoms of an anaemic cat. Precisely this is not what an anaemic feline does. However, the deficiency of iron, minerals, and vitamins, which happens because of the inability of the cat’s body to make enough RBC and haemoglobin, can tempt cats to eat litter to satisfy their nutritional requirement.

You can check whether your cat is anaemic or not via checking its gums and mouth. If your cat has bluish or pale gum, it must face blood deficiency, which could be because of anaemia.

Feline pica/Pica in cats

Pets are not less than babies. Naughtiness, cuteness, and even Curiosity are similar traits of a baby and a cat. Maybe, out of Curiosity, your Kitty can get the urge to taste, wondering, what does it taste like?

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

Feline infectious peritonitis is a rare disorder caused by a virus that damages the cat’s immune system. The virus enters the cat’s white blood cells causing inflammation, abnormal eating, bloating, fever, sudden reduction in cat’s weight, etc. Due to abnormal eating habits, cats might eat litter.

Coprophagia

Coprophagy is common in dogs, and did you know it can happen in cats too. No matter how unpleasant and weird it sounds, it is true. Some cats eat their faeces, and for that very reason, you must have seen your cat eating litter along with the faeces. It’s a severe medical condition on its own, so one should consult a vet if their cat does this.

Nutritional Deficiency

Another possible reason your cat eats litter could be getting insufficient nutrients from their diet. You might think that is even possible if you give a good amount of food to your Kitty. Well, the answer could be, are you giving nutrient-filled food to your cat? Lack of mineral vitamins in a cat’s body might compel them to eat other things like your garden plants, your food, and litter too.

A healthy cat diet includes a high amount of protein and an appropriate quantity of fats and carbs. Along with this, their diet should also contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, L-Carnitine, Magnesium, Pyruvate Kinase, Sodium, Taurine sources of food.

Litter is Tasty

We know this might sound weird, but some companies intentionally add ingredients that make cat litter tasty. Obviously, these litters are edible made of paper, coconut husk, wheat, corn, seed shells, etc. If a cat eats this litter, it won’t harm its health. However, still, the litter eating practice is not supportable.

Can cats eat Kitty litter?What happens if a cat eats kitty litter?

As explained earlier, some companies especially add edible food-based and natural materials in the litter so that it won’t hurt your feline friend as it won’t create any blockage. However, most cat litters contain toxic substances like sodium bentonite, which, when mixed in the litter, can cause blockage in the cat’s intestine if they eat it. Other than this, litter containing deodorising substances can harm your cat.
Still, Natural or not, litter eating habits are not suitable for cats. Natural materials won’t be toxic, but it’s not good for your cat to eat litter in the long term.

How to stop kittens from eating litter?

So, you know that your cat should not eat litter as it might be bad for your cat’s health. Now comes the question of how to stop them from doing that? We have listed a few precautions that you can take if your Kitty eats litter; these are;

  • If you think the reason behind cat eating litter is boredom, then remedy is easy! Make sure to keep your cat busy. Play with your Feline, buy them some toys and food puzzles. These are enough to keep your cat occupied.
  • You can train your cat whenever you spot your cat eating litter by dragging their attention toward you. However, it will take time; slowly, your cat will understand that it shouldn’t eat litter.
  • Have a look at your cat’s diet. Does your cat diet have all the necessary macro and micronutrients? A poor diet can also be why your cat eats litter; therefore, you must make sure that your cat’s diet is filled with required nutrients.


The above ways can be helpful if you are sure that there is nothing serious with your cat and you can manage the situation with a little effort. However, reasons can be serious too, like anaemia, Coprophagia, FIP, Pica in cats, etc.; for this, you must take professional help. It’s better to consult a vet as only they can tell the real reason behind cat eating litter, how serious it is, and how to overcome that?

About Post Author

Blake Quinn is a huge animal lover and loves to spend time with her pets. She is not a big Chit-chatter and prefers penning down her feelings and views instead of uttering them aloud.
Occasionally, she writes for a living too! When she is not writing, you can find her hiking on rocky mountains, sipping coffee in cozy cafes, and haunting local bookstores!

2 Comments

  1. Bruceket Telaar

    What is the safest cat litter to use?

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    • Tracy Deslaurier

      For a cat’s good respiratory system, choosing Litter without chemicals, synthetic perfumes, Toxic additives, and other toxic substances like sodium bentonite is best. In case the cat has a litter-eating habit, it is preferable to choose Litter that is edible, food-based, and formed of natural materials.

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