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By Sheelagh Le Cocq

I would agree entirely as to the psychogenic nature of "Wool Eating". Although it is said to respond to dietary changes, it would appear to be a good example of one of the neuroses encountered in captive animals deprived to a varying degree of a sociological background that might be termed "natural".

From the above it will be realized that "wool eating" must be treated by kindness and the cause of the conflict ascertained by the owner.

This is frustration in some for, the sexual or hunting instinct denied, jealousy of some other animal or human, or boredom. Wool chewing is usually a sing of boredom. Try to stimulate your cat with games or other things to keep him occupied. Maybe you could get him a companion.

Wool chewing can be caused by anxiety. Is your cat stressed by others in your garden or strangers coming in through the cat flap? Try to find out what is making him anxious and eliminate it. It may solve your problem.