Cat humping... And chewing !

by Alyssa
(Ontario, Canada)

the dogs doesn't like sharing his food !

the dogs doesn't like sharing his food !

So my cat will be 2 this summer and he is neutered, and about a month or so ago he started kneading but when he does it he humps the air at the same time, and he normally does it beside my head, and it's quite annoying as he does it for 10 - 15 minutes at a time and it freaks me out that he's humping beside my head. He never did this before, why has be all of a sudden started this habit !? Also he likes to chew on anything hard! He chews on my computer charger, my phone charger, my headphones! anything! and when i take it away he watches where i take it and goes looking for it !! i'm unsure if he's testing things to see if it's edible, because he is constantly hungry ! he eats our dogs food when noone is looking and tries to eat my food off my plate! and whenever you go near his food bowl he runs to it and starts meowing so loud! and i feed him small amounts through the day hoping he'll stop eating the dogs food but it doesn't help... and i've been getting so frustrated with him ! please if you have any advice it'll be much appreciated!


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Hi
The humping behavior may simply be because it is spring and even though he is neutered they sometimes have a instinct memory which can make them carry out mimicking behavior. He may simply be kneading rather hard as it sounds like he is a cat who reacts excessively to things.

i am wondering if he either has a condition known as Pica, which is a strange condition whereby cats try to eat non food stuffs (untreatable i'm afraid but not anything to worry about) or he has some underlying condition which makes him feel hungry all the time. It is difficult to say without blood work being done to rule out any or these things.

It may be that he is a very hyper cat who may require some medication to calm him down. There are room sprays etc which are designed to help relax a over anxious cat etc.

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/scared-cat.html

I don't know what your personal circumstances are and whether or not you can afford to take your cat for a general check up at the vets to rule out any possible health causes. As I say it may be purely behavioral.


Kate

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