Why Do Cats Chew on Things?

What is chewing? 

Chewing is a natural behavior for cats. It helps them to keep their teeth clean and their claws sharp. 

Common reasons for chewing

There are many reasons why cats chew on things, including boredom, teething, and anxiety.


Cats who are bored may chew on things as a way to entertain themselves. 


Kittens chew on things when they are teething. This helps to relieve the pain and discomfort of their growing teeth.


Cats who are anxious may chew on things as a way to relieve stress.

Medical conditions 

In some cases, chewing can be a sign of a medical condition, such as pica or hyperthyroidism. 

How to prevent

There are a few things you can do to prevent your cat from chewing on things, such as providing them with plenty of toys and scratching posts, and playing with them regularly.

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