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Dear Christopher Cat

Cleo, our elderly cat, has started eating her cat litter, which is made of clay. We suspect her diet is missing some key ingredient. Can you suggest a diet – or perhaps a different litter – that will stop this behavior?

Christopher Responds

I took a poll, and all the cats in my family agree that eating cat litter is more than distasteful – it’s revolting.

We’re sure Cleo isn’t simply misbehaving, but instead, that she is ill.

Cats with anemia, an abnormally low red blood cell count, often ingest non-food items, particularly clay.

Rather than change Cleo’s food or litter, take her to the veterinarian for a physical exam and lab work to determine whether she is anemic, and if so, to identify the cause.Once the cause is found, your veterinarian will advise you on the best treatment.

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