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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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My kitten is about 5 months old now and she has start pulling off the wallpaper border is there anyway to train her not to do this most things she has learn't not to do as if she is naughty she gets put in her cage for about 10 minutes and she doesn't do they again at least for a little while but the wallpaper pulling she does when i am not looking
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 03:48 PM
 
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I dont have an answer but...

I would like to know what to do too. I have 4 female cats will be turning one soon. They have been doing it since they were a couple months old. Our Kitchen wallpaper is destroyed from them tearing at it with their claws. We tried spray water bottle with a loud firm "No!". That was a bad idea cause one of our cats enjoys the water being sprayed at her. Only thing we can do is strip the rest of the wallpaper and paint over it. I am worried they will do the rest of the wallpaper through the house.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 08:07 PM
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You have to provide an alternate scratching surface. Cats need to scratch and they'll scratch on whatever gives them the best scratch. It sounds like these cats like to scratch paper so I'd suggest one of the cardboard box scratchers, like this:

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and they also come in a flat version. Get one, put some of the supplied catnip on it and see if your cat likes it. If your cat uses this to scratch, then I'd suggest getting several and put them near the places that they've been scratching. When you see them scratching the wallpaper, gently redirect them to the cardboard scratcher and praise them effusively when they use it. The first couple times you might have to put their paws on the scratcher so they get the idea that's what it's for.
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Tim has good advice about redirecting their scratching to another scratching surface. Here's my cat's favorite cardboard scratchpad. It's cheap, too, about $1.89

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mine has loads of different things that she should be scratching she picks at the wallpaper like a child would


Also is it normal for a cat not to like Catnip Princess won't play with anything that has it in
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I read somewhere that only 1 out of 2 cats have the "catnip gene" that makes them respond to catnip. Personally, I think it's more than 50%, but not all cats get "high" from 'nip. How old are your babies? Very young cats don't usually react to catnip.

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mine has loads of different things that she should be scratching she picks at the wallpaper like a child would
How about those cardboard scratchers? Do you have those? All I can think of is that you don't have the kind of scratchers that she prefers, and/or they're not located in the right places. Also, have you done the redirection thing? When she's scratching at the wallpaper, redirect her to a nearby scratcher? She has to learn to associate her impulse to scratch with the cat scratcher. You can only do that right at the moment she has that impulse.
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Is she actually scratching and tearing the wallpaper or picking at the seams? If she's picking at the seams, that's a behavior more like someone sitting at a bar picking the label off the beer bottle....If the seams are lifted a tiny little bit, it's easy for her to get her claw in it and once it starts pulling away, it's fun to grab onto and rip. I would make sure all the seams are securely glued down...they make glue (and, I think, a tool) for this purpose. Another thing that would help is regular claw clipping. If her nails are blunt, they're not as likely to snag. Clipping would help if it's a scratching behavior too.


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But when you clip her nails be careful to only clip the thin, sharp part. Don't clip down to the quick, as that will hurt her and can easily cause infection.

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