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Plastic and Dryer sheets

April 13th, 2005, 10:55 AM
I just don't know what I do anymore more. My cat for some unknown reason to me, loves to eat plastic and dryer sheets. (He's an inside cat, about 10yrs old)
I can't get him to stop. I try soooo hard to keep these things picked up because I know they can be deadly to animals. When ever I come home from the grocery store and if I turn my back for one second, he's there eating the stupid plastic bags!!!!This moring to found him on the kitchen counter eating a chip bag!
And he loves dryer sheets just as much. But now I don't even bring them in the apartment or even use them. Because he finds them. Even when there in the garbage!

I just don't know why he does this, is he sick or something??
It has me so fustrated. No matter what I do, he finds these things. I'm so scared I'm going to come home from work one day and find him dead. I can't just lock him in a room by himself, the other cats would have a fit.

Any ideas or suggestions out there on my cats obsession??????
thanks a bunch

April 13th, 2005, 07:31 PM
I don't know about the eating stuff, except to try to stop him, but how about only liquid fabric softener? I think with pets you can't not use any because the hair won't come off as much or at all in the dryer...

Maybe Lucky or one of the other cat people can provide more insight...

April 13th, 2005, 09:49 PM
You need to find some way to associate smells they dislike with these items. Some people recommend sprinkling a small bit of vinegar on items you do not want your cat to lick.

Good luck!

April 14th, 2005, 11:44 AM
I don't have the dryer sheet problem, but my Corona will eat anything small pieces of wrappers, etc. He knows he is not to have them b/c if I drop anything he will grab it and dart away to hide, and he shoves it all in his mouth and chews like crazy. :evil:

It makes no sense to me and my vet had no ideas either. I just try to be careful around him.

April 14th, 2005, 04:14 PM
My cat also eats pieces of plastic wrapping and cellephone. Good thing they crunch so loudly so I hear him, though I'm sure lots still gets by me. He also eats string, dental floss, thread or anything like that.

I already told him that if he ties up his gut it'll be his own darn fault and I'm not gonna take him to a vet, but he didn't seem impressed by my threats :D

I've tried all the tricks of associating certain items with bad smells or experiences, but it's never worked for me.

All I can suggest is to be very careful with those items, or cut down on/stop using them.

April 14th, 2005, 06:28 PM
I guess it iis all part of catproofing a home. I used to tell people I had a bunnyproof home and they thought I was kidding, lol

April 14th, 2005, 06:41 PM
It's funny how people talk about dogproofing a house, when it's actually my cat that does all the damage. Then he stares at me and flicks his stub tail (Manx) like it's my fault lol.