For pets, owners prefer to purchase special mixes for trays. However, it happens that the kitten eats filler for the toilet. This is a fairly common occurrence, but the question arises, why do animals eat bulking? Various factors can contribute to this.
Cats need calcium to maintain teeth and bone. Usually it enters the body with food. However, if it is of poor quality, then the animal will begin to look for ways to replace or supplement the food. Thus, the cat is trying to make up for the deficiency of minerals. How to fix the situation:
- Take the animal to the veterinarian who will prescribe the vitamin complexes.
- Certain foods are excluded from the cat's diet or replaced with new ones that contain the necessary minerals.
You can’t buy vitamin complexes or medicines on your own. Sometimes hypercalcemia and other complications occur. The animal may have some features that the owner does not know about, since he had not encountered this before. For example, intolerance to certain components, allergies, etc.
The second physiological reason why a kitten has a toilet filler is tooth grinding. Despite domestication, a predator "lives" in pets anyway. Cats themselves try to look after their teeth and claws, grinding them on a hard surface. It is this texture that fillers have.
There are two ways to deal with this.:
- Periodically feed the cat with bones. You need to choose solid or give tendons. They are sold in any pet stores. Cats also like to gnaw pork or beef ribs, and chicken bones should not be given to animals.
- Buy pet calcite. This is a special stone. The cat will not be able to bite it completely, and the teeth are sharpened well.
If the animal has other possibilities, it will not use toilet granules for other purposes.
Kittens can eat inedible filler out of curiosity. Kids are still unconscious, and are just beginning to learn everything. They can just try filler on the clove.
However, if a cat can easily spit out an ordinary toy or piece of paper, then the clumping mixture sticks tightly to the palate or tongue. In cats, it is very stiff, with small numerous protrusions. As a result, animals have to swallow everything that gets into their mouth, including the filler.
The cause may be stress in both small and adult cats. Severe discomfort can occur for many reasons - a change of scenery, fear, smell or presence of a dog, moving, etc.
Easy to fix:
- the animal needs to provide maximum comfort and tranquility;
- give the cat more attention and time;
- periodically feed "snacks."
This will help correct an unhealthy addiction. However, if the above tips did not help, the cause may lie in the disease. Only a veterinarian can determine it.
Any toilet filler can attract cat smell. Various odorants are included in animal hygiene products. Some attract cats with their smell. Sometimes, oddly enough, animals like such an inedible food, and they begin to eat it. Weaning from this kitten is very easy - you just need to change the filler.
Animals can eat it from boredom or in the presence of mental disorders. Otherwise, veterinarians call this problem "food perversion." Sometimes a kitten eats a filler, trying to calm down. Thus, he feels some security. A kitten can gnaw a filler when his teeth are being cut. During this period, the animal needs to massage the gums.
Is it dangerous if a cat has a filler?
Many types of cat filler do not contain any poisons and toxic substances. A few swallowed lumps will not harm the cat. However, the clumping mixture can become dangerous for the animal. After the kitten has tried the filler, it begins to get wet with saliva and swells in the mouth.
The same thing happens if the substance enters the stomach. As a result, a lump of the mixture can clog the cat’s intestines or esophagus, get stuck in the throat. The problem is eliminated only by surgery.
The most dangerous for the cat is silica gel filler. It absorbs moisture very quickly. Even a few grains after getting into the stomach can cause discomfort. Swollen filler particles adhere to the walls of the esophagus, larynx. It is already becoming life threatening. If the owner has found that the kitten is eating filler, what should be done:
- rinse the animal's mouth;
- urgently deliver to the veterinarian;
- to bring along a box from under a filler or its sample.
The kitten may become too aggressive, or vice versa, lethargic. Sometimes refuses to eat normal food. The animal has excessive salivation and a strong heartbeat.
In order to avoid a situation when a kitten gets into a tray and gnaws a filler, it is best to purchase wood ones that are made from waste. It is made in the form of large granules that the animal cannot swallow, and when soaked, the pebbles turn into ordinary dust.
The second option is corn filler. It is similar to wood, absorbs moisture well, harmless. The filler tightly retains odors, but is quickly consumed and expensive. Unlike clumping, it changes completely.
One of the best options is a peat toilet filler. It is made in the form of small balls. The filler eliminates the smell of stool of a kitten up to 90 percent. Each granule absorbs 4 times more liquid than it weighs. Used balls are easily removed from the filler; a complete replacement of the entire tray is not required.
The easiest way to avoid a kitten eating a toilet is to simply cover it with a grill on top. Then the animal will not be able to get to the filler. In any case, as soon as the kitten began to eat it, an examination by a veterinarian is necessary.