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Why Does My Cat Bite My Zipper?

If your cat has some weird habit of biting your zipper, you may be wondering why this is even happening…

Why Does My Cat Bite My Zipper?

A cat batting or biting at a zipper is generally an innocent fascination. The shiny metal piece that you grasp to zip or unzip flips quite easily and this sudden motion quickly gets your cat’s interest. If your cat is mostly focused on chewing, however, then this might be a red flag. It could be a sign of a nutritional deficiency, dental issues, or a condition known as ‘pica’.

So, now you know. But, how can I prevent this from happening? What exactly is “Pica’? Could this be because of teething? Keep reading for these answers, and much more…

How can I prevent my cat from biting my zipper?

A shiny zipper.

A shiny zipper.

The best way to keep your cat from biting at your zipper is to distract them with something else to do. Offer a piece of string or get out the laser pointer and give your cat another thing to focus on and they should forget about the zipper quite quickly.

If they find other items to chew, however, such as other metal items, plants, cables, or the like, then a visit to the vet is a good idea in order to rule out conditions such as dental pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or pica.

Pica is a condition where cats, humans, and other animals feel compelled to chew on, lick, or even devour non-food items. While it is thought to relate to nutritional deficiencies, a vet’s assistance will be required in order to determine the actual cause and the best course of treatment.

Could a new kitten be biting zippers because it’s teething?

Yes, it is possible that your kitten is teething, but a zipper is definitely not ideal for this – your kitten could easily break a tooth! The best approach for a scenario like this would be to give your kitten some new, chewable toys to play with that will let them put a little pressure on their growing teeth with a much lower risk to their tiny teeth.

Could my cat have a weird vendetta against my zipper?

It’s small, shiny, and it flips around with very little effort. Things like this have a lot of appeal for cats, so this ‘vendetta’ against your zipper is likely completely normal. Exceptions to the case would be if your cat is specifically targeting metal, rather than just the zipper.

If that is the case, then a nutritional deficiency may well be at play and should be investigated further with the assistance of your local veterinarian.

If a cat is weaned too early could it start biting zippers?

Yes, this is possible. A mother cat will feed kittens until they are approximately 8 to 10 weeks of age. They are typically weaned enough at 4 to 6 weeks, however, and so a kitten that has been weaned early may continue to bite and suck at items such as zippers or fuzzy fabrics such as wool.

Normally this is harmless, but you want to make sure that your kitten doesn’t have access to animal small items that they might choke on or damage their teeth on. While there are exceptions, most kittens will grow out of this behavior fairly quickly.  

Why does my cat keep biting metal?

If your cat seems to have a specific fascination and focus on metal objects then a vet checkup is a good idea. Sometimes a cat may have a mineral deficiency or something wrong with its teeth and behaviors such as metal-biting are a possible warning sign that something deeper may be at play.

Schedule a vet visit as soon as possible, so that your vet may run a few tests in order to rule out anything serious. While your cat might just be attracted to the shine of the metal, we want to rule out the possibility of conditions such as gingivitis, pica, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or worse.

A checkup doesn’t take very long and in a worst-case scenario, it allows you to identify and begin treatment on a problem before it can become much worse for your kitty.

Is it normal for cats to bite random objects?

A cat biting a fidget spinner.

A cat biting a fidget spinner.

Yes. Cats can and will play with just about anything and this includes behaviors such as batting and biting. This is especially true with younger kitties, who are still learning to hunt and looking to exercise their reflexes and their skills. As long as your cat isn’t eating these objects or licking them obsessively then you can generally file it away as normal cat behavior.

If your cat is becoming a bit of a nuisance when it comes to any small item that you put down for a moment then you might want to adopt a twofold strategy to help to keep everyone’s stress levels down.

First, consider a closing box or a safe hanging spot for small things such as keys so that you may store them away to keep your cat from chewing on them or knocking them into hard-to-reach places such as under the couch.

Secondly, get something that you can distract them with so that you don’t have to run over all of the time to take the item away. The best solution in this regard is a laser pointer.

They are tiny, so you can keep one in your pocket, and if your cat starts biting at or simply batting around something small that you don’t want them to play with then you can easily distract them with the tiny pinpoint of light.

Cats almost NEVER get tired of a laser pointer and they are cheap to buy, so this is a great way to distract them and share a little fun in the process.

Are cats attracted to metal & shiny objects?

Cats are attracted to metal for much the same reasons that we are. It shines! Cats have more rods in their eyes than humans do, which allows for them to see in the dark and amplifies that tiny shine that gets our attention.

Furthermore, those bright shines are thought to resemble the glowing eyes of prey in the dark, which is going to trigger your cat’s natural predatory instincts. Gold and silver are shiny to us, but they must look absolutely amazing to our feline friends!

What is Pica?

Pica is a condition where cats, other animals, and even humans have a compulsion to nibble, suck, or even eat non-edible materials. With cats, it is especially common in breeds such as Siamese or Tonkinese, but it may affect any cat.

Following on from earlier, aside from the fixation on chewing the objects, pica may also produce other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or oral ulcers. While it is thought to have components of nutritional deficiency, specifically with fats and fibers, if you suspect that your cat may be suffering from pica then an immediate vet visit is in order.

Pica may manifest on its own, but often it is present along with other conditions, and so your vet will need to run some tests in order to determine the most effective course of treatment for your cat.

What do I do if my cat has pica?

If your cat has pica then your veterinarian will run a few tests to determine the best course of action. This is likely going to include medications to help to treat the underlying condition if your cat is not suffering from just the pica, and your vet may advise you to adopt a few strategies at home which may help.

These might include limiting some of the items to which your cat has access or simply helping to distract your cat from this behavior with the play until the medication can start to do its job.

It will all depend on the specific cause and symptoms which your cat is displaying, so be sure to set up a vet appointment and they can provide you with the proscribed next steps specific to your kitty.

Lindsey Browlingdon