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Treatment will depend on whether the underlying cause is medical or behavioral in nature. For instance, if it is behavioral in nature, your veterinarian may recommend changing your cat's environment, or using forms of behavior modification, such as a muzzle. Limiting access to any non-food items in the home may also be necessary if it proves to be too difficult to prevent your cat from eating inappropriate items.
Follow up is recommended during the first few months following initial treatment of the animal.
Prevention of this type of behavior will require limiting your cat's access to non-food items, or applying a bitter or pungent taste to such items to discourage regular consumption or chewing. Keeping your cat's living areas clean, and disposing of waste promptly, will also bar access to feces.
In addition, dietary needs must be organized so that you can be sure that your cat is being supplied with all of its vitamin and nutritional needs, and that it is being eating the required amount of food.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
The condition of being drowsy, listless, or weak
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
A condition of poor health that results from poor feeding or no feeding at all