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.

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

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catherine    kingston, MA

4/12/2012 6:46:33 AM

my cat chews on cardoard carton flaps
is this the same as paper.

christine    wilmington, DE

6/30/2009 7:11:46 PM

My cat, Caesar, loves ripping up small cardboard boxes. A friend gave me some things to take home in a nice, small cardboard box last year. The box was too good to throw out, so I gave it to the cats to play with. Anyway, eventually Caesar tore it slowly, but surly to shreds. Worked on it everyday and within 8 months' time, it was practically nonexistent. So I got him another box, similar design. They like sleeping in it and generally playing with it, but his real joy is tearing that thing apart. I think it's just a fun thing to do and, besides, he gets good teeth exercise.

Valerie    Beloit, WI

2/17/2009 5:07:27 PM

I have played with our kitten with laser light,Cat dancer.when we finish with these exercises she resumes paper chewing.Why?

Linda    Mandeville, LA

2/9/2009 9:14:24 PM

Interesting article.

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