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Cat bites furniture shoes leather etc

marko
May 23rd, 2005, 10:34 AM
This was posted for someone that is not able to register.

Hey,

I've got a three year old male cat, he's fixed (was at a young age, I
got him when he was four months old and he had been fixed long enough
before that to be completely healed). He's a sweetheart in many, many
ways and I love him dearly, but I don't know how to break him of his
biting habbits.

He never bites me (he's very gentle) or anyone else...

But he will bite random things around. I've got bite marks in the
straps of all my purses, in my belts, in my shoes, and the worst - my
furniture. I've solved the other things by always having them out of
his reach, but I don't know what to do about the furniture. He even
bites the legs of my kitchen table. He chewed on a wooden knob on a
dresser so much that he split it in two (thankfully it was an
inexpensive ikea one). I do have a few nice pieces of furniture
(antiques) that I'm trying to keep from him, but I don't know what
will work as a deterent.

Spray bottle - he's figured out that if its not in my hand, he's got
time to bite and run while I go for the bottle.

Yelling No! and slapping my hands together to make a loud noise - he
knows I'd never hurt him and just glances over his shoulder at me
witha quizzical look.

He doesn't do it when he's mad or hyper, its more of an absent minded
thing. Any suggestions?

He does get a quarter of a can of soft food for food, but then has a
dish full of crunchies that he eats all day (Felidae), and all his
treats are crunchies. He is an indoor cat, and an only cat (getting
another cat isn't an option, I can't afford it). He is a mouth cat in
other ways - often carrying his toys around, and loves to groom me in
the mornings, but I don't mind any of that.... I just need to save my
furniture.

Has anyone else had this? Will he outgrow it?

Writing4Fun
May 23rd, 2005, 12:59 PM
Hmmm...at 3 yrs old, I don't think he's going to outgrow any behaviours. He'll have to be taught.

Has he been to the vet to check for tooth issues?

There are commercial repellants (Bitter Apple and such) you can get at PetSmart and other pet supply stores. This could work on the furniture. I know some people use double-sided tape or aluminium foil to deter clawing. This might work for biting as well.

As for the other items, prevention is the best medicine. :D If he can't find them, he can't chew on them. ;) Does he have a large scratching post/cat tree that he can take out his frustrations on? I saw one on TV the other day that was floor-to-ceiling and was anchored at the top with small sections of rope or wire and bolted to the floor at the bottom, so it actually swayed a little like a real tree. Mind you, that was for a pair of fostered clouded leopard cubs, but I would think it would work just as well for a very active house cat.

Good luck with your kitty, and I hope you can join soon so you can post pictures (we looove pictures!). :)