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Author Topic: Strange cravings A study of the incidence of pica in Siamese cats  (Read 1566 times)
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« on: March 04, 2011, 08:10:40 PM »

MANY YEARS AGO we ran an article in the FAB Journal on a survey conducted by Peter Neville and John Bradshaw on ‘pica’ in cats. Pica is defined as ‘the voluntary ingestion of non-edible materials’, ie, eating things which we would not consider to be food. It is thought to account for about 2.5 % of recorded cases of abnormal behaviour in our pet cats, particularly in Oriental breeds like the Siamese (Plotnick 2008). It has also been suggested that because this trait is almost exclusively seen in the Siamese, Burmese and other Oriental breeds or their crosses, there is a possibility of a genetic transfer of the trait (Beaver 2003).

Pica (pronounced ‘PIE-kuh’) sufferers commonly eat fabric (especially wool) but can also be partial to rubber, plastic, soil, vegetation, furniture and cat litter. Pica can result in serious damage to health and, in extreme cases, can result in death or the need for euthanasia.

http://www.fabcats.org/behaviour/other/pica.html
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