Do you have a cat who dines on non-food items? Eating things that are not food is called pica and it can be serious.
While experts do not currently agree on why it happens, some potential causes include digestive issues, anxiety or frustration, attention-seeking and even play. It is advisable to first check with your veterinarian to determine whether the cause is medical or behavioral.
For cats who eat the wrong things for fun, punishment won’t work. Instead, prevent access to the items. Then, set aside specific daily playtime with your cat using appropriate cat toys so that he’ll learn to get your attention for good play instead of bad dining habits. You might also consider providing flavored dog bones for your cat some cats really love them!