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drobe, but of course, the burning question is – what does it mean? Is pica a sign of emotional distress or physical pain? Is it a nutritional deficiency? Is it brain chemistry gone awry? Do cats just need appropriate chew toys? Still so many questions!
A good half hour is an appropriate length of time for a time-out. The room needs to have some cat toys in it, so that the cat has something else to turn to work off that play energy. This is in no way a reward for the cat. It is to train and redirect the cat to appropriate items to use to attack and chew on. The cat has a natural urge and instinct to play "hunt and grab" prey, and you want the cat to start viewing toys as the things to use for that, rather than the human body parts the cat was using. In time, the cat will chose the toys more than human body parts, having gotten used to using them when in the "hunting" play mood without the stimulus of your tempting moving hands and feet around. It is never enough to just try to stop a cat from doing something. You also must provide acceptable substitutes to fill the need the cat has when the cat has the need. If a cat is shut up in a room with nothing to play with to work out the playful mood they are in, once you let them out again, guess what? Back to what they were doing to start with to try to satisfy their play need.
Whatever the explanation, veterinary behaviorist Dr. Debra Horwitz, of St. Louis, MO, suggests: "Offer the cats a chance to forage. Feed them (at least a portion of their food) from food-dispensing toys instead of from food bowls. Hide food in different places around the house. Offer a kitty garden; many cats do like to chew and cat grasses are safe."Kittens and cats may still try to use people's hands as chew toys, even if the people do have some interactive play daily with the kitten or cat and the cat has several different types of toys. "I don't know what happened to him, but my best guess is that he was used as a chew toy. We have a cat with multiple puncture wounds and abrasions," Rudiger told The Dodo. "He can't tell us what happened to him, but I've seen this before. I've seen kittens be used as bait and chew toys for other animals. It makes sense to me." For cats who are a bit rougher and really into wrestling type play, and don't have another cat to play that with, get a stuffed animal almost the same size at the cat for the cat to attack and rough up. Those sold for dogs are best as they are built to take a lot of rough treatment. At first, you may need to entice the cat to take an interest in a stuffed animal as a wrestling partner, by making the stuffed animal move around like it is walking towards the cat. Once the cat grabs it, let go. If the cat is overly determined to use your hands as a chew toy at every opportunity, keeping some stuffed animals around to quickly redirect the cat to when he is in "that mood" will help a great deal. Pay attention to your cat's body language to tell when the playful pounce and attack is about to occur. (See for information on body language.) The look of the cat with the stuffed monkey in the picture on the left is the kind of, "I need some action!" look to watch for. Over time, and combined with time-outs if necessary, the cat will stop going for your hands and will use the toys instead.Despite their small size, can damage your furniture, clothes and shoes with their chewing. Your kitten may even decide your fingers and toes are fair game. Provide your kitten with appropriate toys and items to chew to help prevent damage to yourself and your home and protect your cat from chewing and swallowing things that may harm her.It may not sound appealing to you or I, but to your kitten, a loose or dangling electric cord is a fun and exciting toy to play with. Chewing on toys is part of the action for young cats, but cats chewing electric cords is not something we want to encourage!