Why Cats Lick Plastic, and Other Odd Behaviors Explained

Experts weigh in on feline grooming, zooming, and a strange fetish.

It’s official: Even presidential candidates need a cat GIF to get through the day sometimes.

Americans love their kitties—all 96 million of them—and to help out their doting owners, Weird Animal Question of the Week is looking into strange cat behavior, also known as cat behavior. (Related: "What Is Your Cat Trying to Tell You? Vets Weigh In.")

Catarina Dias doesn’t have to ask her cat “paper or plastic?”

She already knows he likes licking the plastic bag lining her trash can, and she’s keen to find out why.

Cats with this condition lick or suck on plastic, including shower curtains or shoelaces. It’s often linked to pica, “the indiscriminate eating of inedible objects,” says Dodman, author of Pets

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