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Why Does My Cat Chew or Lick Plastic Bags?

Address stress triggers within your household that may be affecting your cat. If there are multicat issues, work on helping the cats form a more peaceful co-existence. Make sure everyone has safe and easy access to resources. Look at how the feeding station is set up, how many litter boxes you have and their locations. Are the cats having to compete for resources? Does one cat get bullied? In order to effectively address your cat’s urge to chew on plastic you have to address underlying household causes.

Any trash cans lined with plastic bags hanging over the sides should be kept in cabinets.

Keep in mind that it may not just be the plastic grocery bags that are attractive to your cat. Don’t leave plastic bags that store food, such as bread bags, out on the kitchen counter.

Provide Safe Alternatives for Chewing

Consider growing some safe kitty greens for your cat. Many cats enjoy munching on grass and although experts aren’t entirely sure of the reason, it’s a safe behavior. You can buy a growing kit at your local pet product store or online. You can also usually buy a patch of grass at the local organic food store. Don’t give your cat grass from the yard that may be treated with pesticides and fertilizers.

You can also talk to your veterinarian about the use of cat-safe dental chews.


Need More Information?

Remember, if your cat has suddenly started chewing or licking on plastic bags, talk to your veterinarian. If you’re unable to correct your cat’s chewing behavior, your veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary behaviorist.

For more information about cat behavior and training, refer to the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett.


If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.