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Our cats lick cement....why?

post #1 of 8
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4 of our 5 cats like licking our cement basement floor.
Does anyone know why they do this?
Is it some sort of vitamin deficiency?
Should we be giving them supplements?
post #2 of 8
My cat is old and has feline leukemia virus. He just started licking cement a couple days ago.
I called my vet who believes he needs more salt in his system. He even recommended I sprinkle a small amount of garlic salt on his food.
Maybe this is why my other old cat licks ME so much! I'm going to try it on both of their food.
Hope this helps.
post #3 of 8
I have one who licks the carpet while she scratches herself. I never knew why. If she can't reach the carpet from her scratching position, she'll just do the tongue motions in the air until she looks like a lizard and the kids laugh.
post #4 of 8
One of my two cats LOVES to lick plastic bags. When I come home with groceries Trinity is right there waiting to "make out" with the bags. It is the funniest thing!
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by crocket70 View Post
...I called my vet who believes he needs more salt in his system. He even recommended I sprinkle a small amount of garlic salt on his food.....
Any idea why garlic salt and not table salt?
post #6 of 8
Cats often love the smell of garlic. They like strong aromas, that's how they judge food; not by how it tastes, but how it smells.

If this has just started, I'd have them checked, and there's a food supplement I like very much (and it has garlic in it!)

http://www.gardensalive.com/product....cd2=1194704368
post #7 of 8
Too much garlic is toxic to cats.
post #8 of 8
i don't know if it's true or not, but i was once told that the reason kitties are so fond of those cash n' carry bags from the grocery has something to do with how the plastic is processed with corn starch, which cats find appealing.
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