Okay, I have a rescue kitty from a local shelter (we've had him for two years now) and we are at our wits end as to what to do with him. He has an issue with ripping up carpeting when he cannot get into a room he wants. The doors are kept closed for a good reason (young children in the house) but whenever a certain door is closed to him, like to our bedroom for instance, he rips up the carpeting with his teeth. At first we thought he was doing it with his claws, and we had him declawed, but we later learned he is doing this with his teeth, and we cannot get him to stop. Even with deterants like sprays to make the carpet taste bad and other tactics, we haven't been able to break him of this bad habit. We cannot keep replacing the carpeting (which we've done on several occasions now) because it is not feasable for us to do so. Not to mention if he swallows a piece of carpeting and gets a blockage in his digestive tract. What the heck do we do? My husband and I are seriously thinking of rehoming him because of this behavior, but because he is my cat, I'm having a hard time wanting to let him go to anyone else. I love my kitty, but I am sooooooooooo frustrated! He is part siamese, so I understand that this can be an issue with that breed, but all our efforts have been in vain to get him to stop. He is an extremely nervous cat, and it seems the behavior is directly linked to him not being able to be in the same room as me. Is there something else we can try?
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8/26/08 at 9:18am