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Feline Compulsive Eating Disorders

| Modified on Dec 17, 2020
Did you know that some cats are afflicted by compulsive eating disorders? Sounds like it would be simple enough to treat by simply limiting their food intake and making sure any other food items are kept locked up and out of their reach, right? Well no, it's not exactly that easy. As a result of this disorder they will chew up and attempt to eat literally anything they can get their teeth on, including inedible objects. And, it's not as though you can explain to the cat they have a problem and tell them like you would a human, what they can and cannot eat.

This may sound very strange to those of you whose cats prefer to stick to actual food items rather than those non-food alternatives. But for those of you who have Oriental-breed cats this might give you the answer to what you thought was just very strange behavior. The reason that Oriental-breed cats are specified is because this condition is more likely to affect those particular breeds.

Cats with this condition might often choose to eat objects such as string, fabric, ponytail ties etc, and it would not be uncommon for them to swallow up to ten or more small objects at a time. A situation of this severity would ultimately require surgery to remove the objects. It is believed that this condition may be somehow related to another similar one called Wool Sucking, which affects many Siamese cats. A cat with this condition can often be caught sucking on and eating soft fabrics such as wool, therefore sweaters and afghan blankets are primary targets.

Aside from the obvious solution of hiding every single small, soft object and piece of clothing from your cat, there are a couple of tricks that you can try implementing to help cut back on the compulsive eating or sucking habit. Increase the amount of fiber in your pet's diet by adding 1-2 teaspoons of either Canned Pumpkin or Shredded Lettuce to every meal. Hopefully this will help to curb the out of control, non-food item cravings.

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Posted by Bobtail (Tunapuna, El Dorado, Trinidad) on 12/07/2011

Hi, I have a 4 month old male rottweiler who is not growing normally. He is the last of 3 rotts that I have, my first is a 2 year old female, the second is a 7 month old female and my last is the 4 month old male. My other rotts eat well, I feed the bigger dogs 3 times a day, each one eats different amounts of food and they are fine, however the baby is a finicky eater, he eats 4 times a day. I started feeding him half cup 4 times daily but he won't eat all everytime I feed him and he is too small for his age. He is very active and plays all the time, he will even take on the bigger dogs, but he won't always eat all his food.

I spoke to the vet and was advised to start feeding him cooked food, which is what I give the other dogs, it is a mixture of minced chicken, minced beef and liver with grated vegs, (pumpkin, carrots, sweet pepper, and potatoes). This is mixed into the chow, they all love it, but he will still eat most of it and leave some back.

Can anybody help me here....

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Replied by Valerie

Hi Lisa,

I'm merely a cat caregiver and not a vet but I'm a little person and always have been but I have a normal appetite. I grew slowly and was always diminutive for my age but mostly pretty healthy. Your dog could just have some untypical genes that will always keep him from being a big dog but that doesn't mean he won't be as healthy as you say he appears to be at the moment. Once I became interested in yoga I also adopted a vegetarian diet although eating meat was never an issue. My digestive tract prefers this but goes along without complaint on the few occasions when I do have some fish or chicken but I go for it being as organic as possible. And at 71 I'm far healthier than probably 95% of the people my age. I seldom have any health issues, I've seldom been to the doctor my whole life and I still bike 1500+ miles a year in hilly central VA. The take-away: go with what Nature provides you with, opt for what keeps him and our planet healthy and don't fret over normalcy. Some of us are okay being ab(ove)normal. He might be full when he leaves the rest of his meal. Slender and small are okay when looking at what makes for a healthy dog. Fat is to be avoided. "Don't worry, be happy" that he's playful and has good self-confidence.