Paper Chewing May Indicate Boredom

A feline behavior expert offers other methods to relieve a cat's anxiety.

By Pam Johnson-Bennett

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When you are home with your cat and you notice she is looking as if she's getting anxious or she's looking as if she's searching for paper to chew on, that's the time to conduct a mini play session to distract her. Keep a couple of interactive toys stashed conveniently so you can quickly get to them to distract her. The Cat Dancer is a great toy for this because it's easy to stash away in a drawer. It's a very simple design but cats love it. It's a wire with some tightly rolled-up cardboard on the end. When you move the toy it moves almost like a fly or cricket. Its movements are erratic and wild and cats go crazy for it. The Cat Dancer is inexpensive and easy to find in pet supply stores as well as online.

Best,
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC
IAABC-Certified Animal Behavior Consultant

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Bea    monrovia, CA

11/30/2009 8:51:31 AM

Excellent advice. I have a six-month old kitten who chews ferociously on paper. She was adopted at 5 weeks and when we are out, she goes through any paper, so we started leaving out card boxes. But lately, after spaying she has also been chewing when we are around so might be as the writer suggested, boredom she is not getting to go out and play in the garden. Thank you for the advice on the toys. I had not heard of the toy cat dancer. She will like that toy.

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