October 18th, 2006, 08:03 PM
Hi - I have a 7-month old orange tabby - Samson - that I got at 8 weeks. I also have a 10 year-old orange tabby - Freddie - who has slowly learned to tolerate the little (well not so much anymore!) kitten. My problem is that it seems that Samson likes to supplement his diet with various undigestible materials he finds around the house. This was discovered when he became ill a month ago and required surgery ($2000 worth!) to remove a large amount of cord - 12 inches in various sized pieces - carpet fibres, pieces of plastic, clothing labels, chunks of wood etc. all wound up with grass, cat and human hair! It took quite a bit of detective work to figure out where he found this stuff. Some of it I don't have a clue where he found. My other cat Freddie or any of the many cats I've had over the last 30 years have never done this. I've since gone over the house, carefully getting rid of any potential ingestibles, but am constantly concerned as to what Samson might get that I've missed. My cats are strictly indoors and I've always had a pot of cat grass for them to munch on. Samson with go after the grass but instead of nibbling it he will devour whole long strands which I'm now paranoid won't pass through. I'm hoping this is a kitten behaviour that will pass but my vet says some cats don't out grow this habit. Has anyone experienced this? Or anyone have any suggestions? I've started to leave dry food out all day in case it's a hunger issue but if I keep doing this both cats will soon be huge! Help - I can't afford anymore vet bills!