Why Cats “Side Chew” Their Food

When a cat is chewing her food, especially larger pieces of food, with her back teeth, she will often turn her head in a contorted way. Some people interpret this as the cat having difficulty chewing and fear the cat may choke.

Tip 1: Don’t discourage side-chewing. In reality, it’s just the cat using the best teeth for the job.

Tip 2: This technique lets her use her entire mouth to chew, while allowing her to enjoy different textures and helping to clean her molars.