Why is my cat licking concrete?

Original Question: My cat recently started licking bricks. Is this something I should be concerned about? - Dan

Why is my cat licking concrete? Jun 18, 2018

Hi Dan,

Thanks for your question!

Whenever your pet’s behavior changes, it could be an indicator of a health problem. This type of behavior (showing interest in licking or eating non-food items) is called “pica.” A cat licking concrete could be an indicator of an underlying illness such as a vitamin or mineral deficiency, organ dysfunction, or a digestive problem, especially if it has developed suddenly. The only way to know if the behavior is a problem is to have your pet checked out by your vet. A complete physical exam, as well as bloodwork or other lab tests as indicated, will help to get to the bottom of this unusual behavior.

I hope this gives you a bit of guidance. Good luck!

Dr. Kim Hester

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