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WATCH: Owner in stitches when vet explains why her cat 'chews air'

Ginger cat at vet cat-happy
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Nacho's new owner became concerned when they spotted the rescue cat appearing to chew the air, but thankfully, the reason behind it is more cute than concerning.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 18/01/2021, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

It's not always easy to tell if something is wrong with our feline friends or if they want something. After all, cats don't speak human and most of us aren't fluent in meow.

But Nacho the cat has developed his unique way of telling his owners what he wants and when he wants it.

Meet Nacho

Nacho is an adorable nine-year-old ginger cat who his owner adopted after his previous owners neglected him. As he wasn't properly cared for, Nacho had to have most of his fur shaved off.

However, it wasn't his lion cut that stood out to his new owner. It was the rather unusual munching noises he makes. Nacho suddenly developed the habit of chewing, despite not having anything in his mouth. Nacho's owner had no idea what was causing the cat to do this and became increasingly concerned. He decided to get some footage of Nacho munching on air and sent him to the vet.

Munching on air

The clip, which his owner also shared online, shows Nacho looking relaxed as he makes a chewing motion with his mouth while closing his eyes. He stops for a few seconds to look at the camera, then resumes the chewing action.

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When he heard back from the vet, Nacho's owner couldn't help laughing. The vet said Nacho's type of air chewing was different from the grinding and crunching noises you'd see in cats who have dental problems or ear infections.

The vet explained that because Nacho is purring and squinting while he's doing it, it's a sign of comfort and health. The bottom line is, it's just Nacho's little quirk that he does when he's hungry and wants his human to feed him!