PetMD Seal

Ingestion of Feces and Foreign Objects in Cats

3 min read



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.


Living and Management


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.



Related Articles

Bacterial Infection (Campylobacteriosis) in Cats

Campylobacteriosis (a certain type of bacterial infection) is not commonly found in cats, but when it does occur, it is most likely to affect...

Gallbladder and Bile Duct Inflammation in Cats

Inflammation of the gallbladder is often associated with obstruction and/or inflammation of the common bile duct and/or the liver or bile system,...

Intestinal Obstruction in Cats

Gastrointestinal obstruction refers to blockage that may occur in the stomach or intestines. It is a fairly common condition to which cats are...

Intestinal Tumors (Apudomas) in Cats

Adenoma is a gastrointestinal tumor which secretes peptide hormones -- hormones that play a role in regulating metabolism, growth, development,...