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biting hard objects?

post #1 of 9
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Alright at first I thought it was cute, Mai Sai would start chewing on my laptop, and I thought it was saying "you've been on to long" but he is chewing on other hard objects, like pens, bag clips, books...any thing he can get his teeth on. Now he is only 7 months or so old, but I've seen blood a few times after he gets done with his new "toy".

Should I be worried? How do I stop this? I dont want to find out he has been doing himself harm when I could have done something to help....
post #2 of 9
It can take a long time sometimes. My cat ReeRee has mouthing issues. He is a year and 9 months and is just now getting out of the habit of chewing on everything. He still loves leather though! But it is better.

The only thing I have found to help, which can be a pain for some people (my roomate included) is keep things out of reach.

We learned the hard way when he had a ribbon hanging from his bottom and I pulled it out...it was 8 inches long...i am not joking. A while later he pooped out a WHOLE Q-TIP. We were soooooo lucky he did not get seriously hurt. KEEP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE OUT OF HIS REACH!
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Originally Posted by fifi1puss View Post
It can take a long time sometimes. My cat ReeRee has mouthing issues. He is a year and 9 months and is just now getting out of the habit of chewing on everything. He still loves leather though! But it is better.

The only thing I have found to help, which can be a pain for some people (my roomate included) is keep things out of reach.

We learned the hard way when he had a ribbon hanging from his bottom and I pulled it out...it was 8 inches long...i am not joking. A while later he pooped out a WHOLE Q-TIP. We were soooooo lucky he did not get seriously hurt. KEEP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE OUT OF HIS REACH!
oh I can understand that, but most of what he is "attacking" is to big to have to worry about him swallowing it. It's the fact that sometimes when he does this his gums bleed that is freaking me out. Alot of it just can't be put away, and some of it he knows where it's "home" is and goes after it (namely the books, he will climb the shelves like a monkey )
post #4 of 9
If you "google" this, you will find more information...but I've read peices of a book called "Anything Not Nailed Down Is A Cat Toy". It deals with large household objects like furniture and such as well as the smaller ones. I'm not a vet, so, I'd ask yours about the blood...but the book may be of some help.

Peace,
Rob & Sport
post #5 of 9
If the cat is chewing the same objects all the time, you could either move them, or try a cat deterrant spray like bitter yuck.
post #6 of 9
Zara likes to chew on hard things and she is almost 4 years old. She's just weird that way.

As for your guy, cuz of the blood, I would have his mouth checked by a vet. I know there have been times when I had a problem with a tooth and it actually felt better to bite down on something. Even at his age he could have a tooth problem.
post #7 of 9
My female is 3 years old and does the same thing. She chews and bites hard plastic, edges of furniture, books, etc. I don't know why, although I've noticed she does it while waiting for me to fix her dinner or when she appears nervous.

I agree about maybe having your kitty's teeth checked.
post #8 of 9
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I've taken him to the vet, and she did find a ulcer on the back of the right side of his mouth, but she told me that wasn't a cause for his gums to be bleeding...
post #9 of 9
My cat likes to chew our big thick oak kitchen table leg!! He never draws blood thank goodness. He is two now and I haven't seen him do it for a while, he's growing out of it now.
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