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Can cats eat human hair?

Last Updated: 19th February, 2020

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Cats sometimes lick or chew their humans' hair as a sign of affection, just like they groom their feline brethren. On occasion, these behaviors can also be provoked by stress or health problems, or they can result when a kitten is weaned too early.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, is it bad for cats to eat human hair?

Hyperthyroidism in Cats – When you discover that your pet has suddenly started chewing or eating human hair, your pet might be suffering from hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland). Desire to Seek Attention – Most cats often indulge in hair eating to get some much-needed attention.

Additionally, how do I get my cat to stop eating my hair? If a cat seems to want to eat your hair, it's a good reason to go to the veterinarian for a check-up. You can offer kitty a substitute such as a fuzzy stuffed toy, and shoo the cat away from your head to prevent being snatched bald.

Also Know, why is my cat obsessed with my hair?

A lot of cats lick their owner's hair, or even their beard and brows! This strange behaviour to humans can be easily explained: Cats groom the head area of their “preferred peers”. Grooming is hence simply a sign of feline affection! Cats groom their peers for another reason: Territoriality.

What does it mean when a cat licks your hair?

Cats return the love by “petting” their owners in various ways: they rub against them, make eye contact, and—you guessed it—they lick. Licking your hair gives cats a way to share the love with you—much like they show affection to other cats by grooming each other.

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