why is my cat licking my blanket

This response to «Why do cats lick blankets?» It makes sense in a Freudian way, but I’m not sure it holds up. I adopted my cat, Siouxsie, and her twin sister when they were only six weeks old because I didn’t know at the time that kittens had to stay with their mothers for at least eight weeks. However, neither Siouxsie nor Sinéad ever sucked tissue. I don’t know many orphan «bottle» kittens, so I don’t know if this behavior is more common with them than with other cats.

Siamese cats and other Oriental breeds are more likely to suck tissue than other cats. Although there does not appear to be a genetic cause for this, it is well known that Oriental cats require a longer weaning period than most other cats.

Nutritional deficiencies

Licking blankets and other inanimate objects is sometimes a sign of pica. Pica is a condition in which cats crave non-food items such as clothes, blankets, and dirt.

According to some experts, pica results from your cat’s need for fiber or fat. If you don’t meet all of your cat’s dietary needs, you can look for them in unusual things.

Anxious and Compulsive Habits

The third reason a cat licks a blanket is due to anxious and compulsive behaviors. For example, your cat may feel stressed adjusting to their new environment or have undergone a change in routine. To ease the discomfort, your cat may try licking or grooming itself and other objects, such as blankets.

To help your cat feel more relaxed, be sure to pay attention and stick to a schedule. Your vet may also prescribe medication to reduce anxiety and compulsive licking. Also try researching stress reduction exercises to help your furry friend adjust.

Does your cat have pica?

Another possibility is that your cat has Pica, an eating disorder in which he consumes inedible objects. Fabric is a favorite, so pay attention to how your cat licks the blanket. Are they also crushing and tearing off pieces and swallowing some?

Does your cat lick and try to eat other foods? Pica seems to occur in some breeds more than others, such as Siamese and Burmese, but any cat can get it.

Your cat trusts you

Licking the blankets, especially if he chews and kneads his paws as if nursing, makes your cat more vulnerable than usual. If he does this behavior while sitting on your lap or next to you, he probably trusts you a lot. Your cat tells you that he knows you will keep him safe, or at least let him know if something goes wrong.

Unfortunately, there are times when blanket licking can be more concerning. One of them is if your cat tends to bite and eat everything it sees. In this case, you may want to talk to your vet about the possibility that your cat has Pica.

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