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30 August 2005 @ 11:08 am
The attack on humanity commences  
Cats have been hating my stuff lately. Our Trio of Terror decided to use my Persian rug as a substitute scratching post, and parts of it have been frayed down pretty badly. Also, Remy's cats had such fun gnawing at Zaal's power adapter (teeth marks abound) that it hardly slips into the port anymore.

Do my things give off catnip vibes or something?
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: Everclear
skyibesky on August 30th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Our cats are on crack, and that's all that needs to be said. :)
Miusherimiusheri on August 30th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm quite impressed at how discreet they are about their narcotics ussage, too. Never any evidence. Hmm, unless their cat food comes fortified with twelve essential vitamins and opiates...
thedemonprist on August 31st, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
Cat scratch fever!
Cats scratch/chew for usually one of two reasons: 1) stress, or 2) habit. The habit part comes from natural behavior; they have scent glands in their paw area and when they scratch a spot over and over it just means they're marking their territory. Ditto the chewing, sometimes - they also have glands in their facial area.

A destructive little habit, but there you go. At least they don't eat their own shit the way dogs do, heh. XP

Anyway, to get them to lay off a damage site, you'll need to do a couple of things:

1) Hide/barricade off the thing/area in question, if possible.

2) Provide appropriate areas/things that they *are* allowed to mess up. Entice them with catnip or treats and praise them every time you catch them using it (behavior reinforcement). (Conversely, every time you catch them doing scratching/chewing where they *shouldn't*, let 'em have it with a stern "NO" and/or a spritz from our friend Mr. Water Bottle - usually the latter will make them back off real quick!)

3) If #1 isn't feasible, try using some sort of anti-cat spray or citrus-scented spray (you can find either one at pet stores and they're usually not too expensive) on the area(s) in question. "Anti-cat" spray contains some sort of pheremones or some such that's supposed to naturally repel them (by tricking their olfactory sense into thinking that they've already left a mark there, so there's no need to do it again), and supposedly citrus scents are abhorrent to the feline nose.

I'm assuming that all kitties are of course in good health, but just as an aside regarding the chewing, should you notice that anyone has any difficulty in eating their food or appears to be in discomfort, that means it's time for a vet visit to rule out anything serious like dental problems. Usually you don't see that in cats till they get older, though, when time and plaque-buildup have taken their natural toll on the choppers. (Which is why more and more vets are recommending that people brush their pets' teeth - it's not hard to do* and there's plenty of animal-appropriate dental stuff available.)

*Assuming the pet actually holds still long enough and allows you to pry open their mouth and stick a goop-covered toothbrush down their throat, that is. XD