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30 July 2014 @ 01:27 am
Chew toys for cats  
So I have a 7 month old tabby who will chew the living hell out of anything within her reach. In other words, everything. She's already eaten the plastic/rubber/whatever around the wires on two of my chargers (which were NOT plugged in, thank God). She will chew on plastic bags and paper towels and . . . pretty much anything that has the consistency of paper or hard/soft plastic (she loves trying to eat straws), she will try to eat it. It's a miracle this cat hasn't had a bowel obstruction.

Dogs have chew toys like bones and rawhide chews and shit. Is there something like that for a cat? She will chew on anything in front of her and short of putting diluted spicy sauce/that sour apple crap all over everything, I want to see if I can train her to chew on something else. So do chew toys or bones or rawhide chews or SOMETHING exist like that for cats?
Ms. Crankypantsmargrock on July 30th, 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
They definitely do! They're not rawhide, I would worry about the safety of that for cats. We've had luck with chew toys like these: http://www.amazon.com/Petstages-Dental-Health-Chews-pair/dp/B0009YF3KY

We also spray all wires with Bitter Apple Spray to discourage our chewer. We use this kind: http://www.amazon.com/Grannicks-Bitter-Apple-Bottle-Ounces/dp/B00028ZMEO/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1406715744&sr=1-1&keywords=bitter+apple+spray

We've had a bit of a flare up with this behavior, I've told hubby we're going to tidy up his cables - he's a computer guy, looks like a rats nest under his desk. I've read recently that keeping the cables tied down, perhaps to the leg of the desk, it will pose a less attractive "dining" option. Good luck!
Tin cup for a chalice.koshkabegemot on July 31st, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
lol I have the Pet Stages ones. Er, had. They got chewed up by my vacuum.

I've heard about the bitter apple stuff & will probably buy it tomorrow once I get paid.
Nechtan Albaflameelf on August 1st, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
Don't count on the bitter apple stuff, though. I had a cat that continued to gnaw on anything I put it on, as if it wasn't even there.

I've heard you can use cayenne pepper: "Cayenne peppers aren’t harmful to dogs or cats, but pepper spray liquids can irritate their eyes and nose, so you might not want to try it as a first option. Add 1/2 cup of fresh cayenne peppers to a quart of boiled water and steep until cool. Alternatively, simply add 1 or 2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper to a quart of room temperature water, shake and spray where you want to discourage chewing." I'd say make the liquid and literally spray or PAINT it on any cords, etc. you don't want chewed up. Also, unplugging any wires/plugs when not in use will make them less attractive, because it's the warmth in the wires making the insulation on the outside smell "good" to the cat.

However, my black Siamese still wanted plastic straws to chew on, and so long as she never swallowed any, that seemed to work well--I took away 'old' straws every day and presented new ones and made sure there weren't missing plastic bits. (I DID often find them carefully hidden between the sheets of my MADE bed and wouldn't 'find' them until I rolled over on them, but that's another story!) She also loved to chew photographs (not recommended--chemicals), mailing envelopes with or without gummy strips, and stiffish paper. I got so I'd hold up a piece of stiffish paper (not as limp as copier paper, but about like stationery paper, maybe like 2 sheets thick?) and let her "make lace" all around the edges like a punching machine. That seemed to really make her happy and she'd stop chewing other stuff.

She also once stole a gingham ribbon from a Christmas present and that became her chewy toy/bedtime cuddle thing. I tried replacing it once and she wouldn't have it until I switched to a red satin ribbon. Go buy a good length of satin (cloth, not the crispy 'present ribbons' that will fray and fall apart and get eaten)or strong cotton ribbon that has a bit of resistance at first when little pointy teeth go through--I used to call it the 'crunchie factor'. I think mine ended up being about a 1" wide NICE satin ribbon from a sewing notions store (again, think cloth/quality ribbon, not a cheapie one) and maybe 8 feet long, and I tied knots every 12".

I still have that ribbon; I couldn't bring myself to throw it out when she died. But it ended up SOLVING a lot of the problems with chewing on other things.

Good luck!

Grey :)
Nechtan Albaflameelf on August 1st, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
P.S. I really think they just love the feeling of their teeth going through the material.
Tin cup for a chalice.koshkabegemot on August 1st, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
I got her some hard-ish jerky (for dogs, but I checked the ingredient list to make sure it wouldn't be toxic for her even though it's just . . . dried chicken. lol) She went nuts over that last night and couldn't figure out how to eat it for like a half hour. Got her some of those crinkly cat toy things--she loves that shit. Bought some Nature's Miracle Pet Block spray and have been spraying it on the wires & other places she shouldn't go--seems to be working.
chaos_is_beautychaos_is_beauty on July 30th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
One of my cats sometimes steals rawhide from the dogs and chews it, if it's the skinny twisted kind, so you might try that.
Tin cup for a chalice.koshkabegemot on July 31st, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
She seems to prefer chewing hard plastic stuff (straws, my electrical cords, this plastic small turkey baster looking thing I use to refill my oil lamp, etc.) so rawhide would probably be ideal for her. Or maybe I can see if they have uncooked fish spines or something at the butcher that she can chew on. I bet she'd go nuts on those.
Saintvictoriasaintvictoria on July 30th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
I had a cat that would chew iphone cables, just them, something they are made off I guess. He also chewed plastic bags, actually they all do. They get catnip chew mice, it helps.
Tin cup for a chalice.koshkabegemot on July 31st, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
I think she chews partially because she's bored and partially because she's a kitten and is orally fixated like a toddler. I just don't want to come home one day to a cat with half her face electrocuted/burnt off.
sarposarpo on July 30th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
My previous cat was a chewer. Her favorite was iphone headphone cords - she chewed through 3 pairs! She also chewed the corners off throw pillows and a dozen other things. (No helpful advice - just commiseration!)
Tin cup for a chalice.koshkabegemot on July 31st, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
Commiseration is fine with me! lol

I keep all my stuff that needs to be plugged in--all the wires get tucked away into this record player cupboard thing that I have pushed all the way against my wall. The only way she can get to them is if she moves the cabinet (she can't--it's heavy).

She ate the plastic covering around half of one of my Kindle chargers, chewed through/ate my only phone charger, went to work chewing on the head of the micro-charger I just bought last Saturday to charge my phone and my Kindle . . .

I come home every day to a roll of toilet paper or paper towels completely mauled on the floor of my kitchen/bathroom. I'd lock all them up, but I live in an ollllld building and none of the doors actually shut properly so . . .

Edit: Oh, forgot the headphone cord she ate. Part of it, at least. Eh, they were shitty headphones anyway, but still.

Edited at 2014-07-31 04:18 am (UTC)
kailen: Geoffreykailen on August 8th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
Cord covers
Regarding cords, if you have a bunch of them, you can try covering them with a plastic tube. I have a rabbit and there are various methods for covering cords to make sure rabbits don't chew them. See this post: http://www.longislandrabbitrescue.org/bunny-proofing.htm
This is probably more helpful if the cords are for desktop computers and the like that you don't need to move the cords around, not a laptop.
Tin cup for a chalice.koshkabegemot on August 9th, 2014 09:20 am (UTC)
Re: Cord covers
:DDD That actually helped a lot. My laptop is my main computer, so it doesn't get moved around a lot (unless I'm travelling).

All that will work just fine! Thanks!
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Tin cup for a chalice.koshkabegemot on August 9th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
Re: I feel your pain.
She loooooved the jerky I got her. The ingredients were like: "Dried chicken." Wish I had my own dehydrator thing. I gave her a stick of the jerky, and she was busy for the rest of the night trying to figure it out. XD

I bought a bottle of Nature's Miracle Pet Block and sprayed it around all the areas/things I don't want her near, and it's worked real well so far. She hasn't chewed on any of the wires I've sprayed with it & she's stayed off the windowsill I sprayed it on.