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The phenomenon of cats eating feces, eating dirty – difficult or easy treatment?

The signs and symptoms of eating feces and dirt in cats are not the result of an underlying disease, but may be the result of a mineral or vitamin deficiency. Thankfully, there are treatment options in these cases, or methods for modifying that behavior.

  1. Cause cats eat feces, eat dirty:

There are a few reasons why animals eat feces or non-food items, including malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, poor appetite, or diseases like diabetes or thyroid disease. Parasites, can also be a cause of this behavior.

Sometimes an animal will eat its droppings if they find undigested food in the feces. Mother cats with newborns also often eat their babies’ poop; This is the normal behavior of a cat’s caring behavior. As such, kittens can also eat poop as a way of observing and learning their mother’s behavior. Alternatively, an animal may eat feces as a way to attract attention, because it wants to clean up its surroundings, or because it is hiding a mistake it has made.

Pathological causes include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Diabetes
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Anemia
  • Increase appetite
  • Neuropathy
  • Lack of vitamins
  • Malnutrition
  • Thyroid disease
  1. Symptoms of the disease cats eat feces, eat dirty

You can observe and watch your cat eat dirt, clay, rocks, soap, or other things that could be dangerous to the animal’s health. The biggest organ system affected by this behavior is the gastrointestinal tract, especially if foreign objects are swallowed like plastic, rubber balls, bells, etc. You may notice animals after ingesting foreign substances. they will vomit, have loose stools, or have diarrhea. Animals may be sick and tired.

  1. Diagnosis of cat ingesting dirt:

Veterinarians will need to distinguish between medical causes such as illness and behavioral causes of the animal. It will be necessary to start by giving a comprehensive history of your pet’s health and recent activities. A complete blood test profile will be conducted, including blood biochemistry, blood physiology and urinalysis. If not due to illness, your veterinarian will need a food history of your cat, including its diet and appetite. This will help your veterinarian create an appropriate treatment plan for your cat.

  1. Treatment

Treatment will depend on whether the underlying cause is medical or behavioral. For example, if it is behavioral in nature, your veterinarian may recommend changing your cat’s environment, or using other forms of behavior modification. Limit your cat’s access to any non-food items in the home to prevent your cat from eating inappropriate items.

To prevent this type of behavior you will need to limit your cat’s access to non-food items. Keeping the cat’s living area clean and disposing of the waste quickly, will also help prevent the ingestion of feces.

In addition, you should develop a cat diet to ensure that your cat is getting all of his vitamin and nutritional needs and that he is eating the right amount of food.

You should train your cat to eat healthy meals on a regular basis and eliminate their bad behavior from an early age so that your pet can grow up healthy and happy.

Wishing you and your pet good health.

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