By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 16 July 2011)
According to veterinarian Michael Fox (The New Animal Doctor’s Answer Book), cats and dogs that eat soap may be missing something in their diets.
Soaps contain solid fats and oils that are appealing to animals, and like people, animals may try to eat more fat than is good for them. On the other hand, an animal that regularly seeks out soap may not be getting enough fat in his or her diet. If your pet regularly tries to eat soap, keep soap products out of reach, as many soaps contain toxic substances, and consult a veterinarian about diet and supplementation options.