Cat + Pica = Madness
November 14, 2012 1:03 AM Subscribe
What would be the most effective solution to stop our cat from chewing cords and clothing?
posted by mocoface to pets & animals (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We own a Burmese cat, about 4 years old. She is pretty playful and active, and we are out of the house most of the daytime. From about the age of 1 she has been sleeping on and chewing our clothing whenever she manages to sneak into the drawers (recently she has learnt how to open them using her paws and brute strength) and has chewed many, many charging cables and important electronic cords.
The response from us is more a reactionary one than proactive. We make sure the doors to our rooms are closed and inaccessible to the cat, and have put cord covers on some of the cords (obviously, there are some for which this is not possible - and those are the ones that were most recently bitten).
Is there any possible way to actually cease this behaviour in the cat in the first place, rather than focussing on preventing the cat from engaging in the behaviour? It is taxing to have to seal off or double-check many different items around the house, especially before we leave.
Since she is a Burmese, and we leave her alone a lot, I have thought of getting another cat to keep her occupied. Does this sound like a reasonable idea or not?
Any other possible solutions?