|Originally posted by Alieneater
I also forgot to mention Chips facination with leather in the other post. I have a pair of leather sandals, the thick leather kind with big sole. Chips enjoys sleeping in them, dragging them across the house at all hours and attacking them like they are alive. Is this normal? This too has also started since we opened the windows! Help! I dont like thinking there is someone in my house because I hear the scuffing of my sandal being dragged across the floor! Silly Cat!
I think this is probably quite normal, I've had several cats who were quite enamored of different articles over the years...everything from fuzzy blankets to balled-up cigarette packs. The most memorable was an elderly diabetic Siamese cat that I rescued about 3 years ago. About 3 months after she came to live with me, someone had dumped a pregnant German Shepherd dog on my farm, and my husband & I decided to keep her until she delivered her pups. Whitney, the cat, decided that there was one pup *she* wanted, and so began to cart this one particular puppy around the house in her mouth. Now bear in mind that Whit had NO teeth, was severely diabetic and quite a character. Greta, the dog, was alright with Whit taking this pup so long as Greta could SEE what Whit was doing with it. But once Whit disappeared from Greta's sight, we had a battle royal, with Greta barking and growling all over the place until the pup was safely back in the crate. This went on until one day, I walked into the living room to find Whit with the puppy dangling from her mouth and Greta standing over her barking that awful "ROW ROW ROW ROW" warning bark as if to say, "OK, FISH BREATH, DROP THAT PUPPY OR WE GO ROUNDS!".
Well, Whit dropped the puppy, made her fur all bottle-brushy, then made a hasty retreat under the bed and never took off with that puppy ever again. I don't think she would have hurt the pup, she would simply haul it around the house, sometimes licking it and trying to nurse it, but truthfully, I WAS worried that Greta would get a hold of her and hurt her if it didn't stop. Greta is such a patient dog, and has very obviously been around cats before.
Now if your kitty is actually eating the leather, or taking bites out of it, then I would make certain he can't get to the sandals anymore. But if he just enjoys playing with them, I don't think it would hurt him any - I just hope you like your leather sandals with cat spit on them!