Why Do Some Cats Chew Plastic?

Learn about why some cats chew on and eat plastic.

It's a more prevalent issue than you might think—many cats seem to have a strange desire to chew on or even eat plastic bags. Let's discover the main reasons cats engage in this behavior and what you can do to stop it.

Eating Plastic Is a Form of Pica

Pica is the behavior of ingesting or chewing on non-food items. Pica, and thus, plastic-chewing, can have a few different causes:

How to Stop Plastic-Eating in Cats

Eating plastic is dangerous for cats. It can cause choking, suffocation, strangling, or life-threatening intestinal obstruction. Here are some things to do if your cat engages in licking, chewing on, and eating plastic: