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I have a question, i have a long haired, black and white cat. He has gotten into a deal to where he tries and eat tape he licks it he plays with it its like a kid in a candy store when it comes to sticky tape and things that are like tape and also plastic as well should i be concerned or why is he doing this?
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My youngest cat has a tape fetish too. I have to keep all tape under lock and key, practically. Just any old kitchen drawer or cupboard doesn't work either, she can get into almost anything. The tape is kept in a filing cabinet that she cannot open.
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Yes this one is my youngest one as well he loves plastic bags and tape i was just wondering if its because he is lacking something but i guess not hehe.
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Probably not, as long as you feed a well balanced canned diet. It's best to feed a variety of brands of canned food, because pet foods aren't all that regulated.

Avoid dry food.

If he is licking or chewing plastic bags keep them away from him. Plastic is made with petroleum which some cats find irresistible for some reason. The bags also may contain some toxic to cats ingredients, so just keep them all put away!
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I have been feeding my two cats dry cat food, i have wonderd if canned would be better for them but i was not sure and i was also told that changeing cat food can harm the cats system in some way but i do not believe that so any way. Thank you for the information though and keep in touch.
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Changing dry foods suddenly can cause diarrhea and stomach upset. This is because dry food is so bad for them to begin with their systems have to adjust to eating it. Then, you give them something different and it has to adjust all over again.

However that's not the worst problem with dry food. Cats are obligate carnivores. What this means is their systems are designed to eat a meat diet rich in moisture. Not dry pieces of kibble with little moisture full of grains and filler.

If you switch your cats to a wet diet you will be amazed at the difference in them. the one may still want to eat tape though.

Seriously though. Cats fed an all dry diet are subject to urinary tract disease, (very common because of the lack of moisture and the high carbs) diabetes (very common, because of the high carbs and obesity), obesity (because of both free feeding and the inappropriate things in the food), kidney disease (lack of moisture)

Not good for their teeth either. (one of the "claims" people make about why they feed dry food) Would you clean your teeth by eating corn flakes or pretzels? Of course not. Most cats don't even "chew" kibble (they can't, actually chew it, because they don't have chewing teeth, they have very sharp pointy teeth designed for ripping and tearing) If they manage to crunch a piece of kibble it makes crumbs, crumbs that are basically pure sugar, that stick to the teeth, between the teeth and under the gums. Not good for teeth.

Don't feel bad, you didn't know, but you can learn.

Anyway, here's a good website to get you started learning about feline nutrition it's written and owned by a vet, Dr Lisa Pierson, who has pretty much made it her life's work to study and educate about feline nutrition

Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition :: healthy cat diet, making cat food, litter box, cat food, cat nutrition, cat urinary tract health.

Dr Pierson is a bit wordy, so take it in small doses. Read a little. Think about it. Go back, read a little more. And so on.
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