A cat licks some plastic garbage.

Why is My Cat Licking Plastic?

Why Cats Are Attracted to Plastic

There are many reasons why plastic is attractive to cats, aside from its ability to trap smells and make crackling sounds when batted about.

The most common causes of a cat licking plastic include:

The Danger of a Cat Licking Plastic

The biggest concern related to a cat licking plastic is the potential for ingestion. Plastic is not digestible, and when ingested can become caught in the stomach and intestines, which can cause life-threatening problems.

How To Recognize if Something is Wrong

If your cat takes an occasional lick of a bag and doesn’t ingest it, then it isn’t a big problem. However, if your cat ingests any part of the bag or their licking behavior is excessive or associated with other symptoms such as weight loss, lethargy, and diarrhea, then you should visit your vet.

If your cat is licking plastic, here are a couple more things you can try at home:

  1. Ensure you are feeding quality food. Ensure your cat is on a good quality American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) approved food for their life stage (adult, kitten, or senior). This will ensure that your cat is getting all the protein and nutrients required for their health.
  2. Prevent boredom. Provide plenty of playtime for your cat, and know their toy preferences. Make sure their environment is enriched with scratching posts, interesting windows to look out of, and cat trees. Cats love high perches where they can feel safe and observe their environment.

Tips For Keeping Plastic Out Of Reach

The best way to prevent a plastic is to keep plastic away from your cat. Things that can help include: