Please help me defend my kids' teddy bears from the atrocities of the deranged Siamese!
I have two cats. They are 3 and 4 years old. One's a Siamese
and one's an Oriental Shorthair
. They are normally fairly well-behaved with an occasional feline lapse of control in which they attack and systematically chew apart assorted members of my kids' stuffed animal menagerie. Last night my older daughter's two favorite plushies were brutally mangled in the night. There is discord in the house today. Please let me know your suggestions for weaning my brutal teddy killers off their prey.
I have read various vet pages which say:
- Siamese and their ilk are more prone to this behavior
- The suggested solution is to put the prone-to-chewing items out of cat reach, but this isn't addressing the root of the problem
- Some vets suggest medication, but this is only an occasional problem (once a month or so) and I'd rather not have to medicate the cats just for this
If you have addressed this problem, what has worked (or not worked) for you? I'm considering testing bitter apple spray on the plushies, but I'm also concerned that this will drive the felines to other chew toys, like sheets or clothing. The cats were much worse when they were younger (at one point we found a huge plushie stash under the bed where they had hidden their victims), but we've lost a couple of valued stuffed animals, gloves, and bathrobes this year.
(Bonus question - got tips on repairing holes in stuffed animals?)