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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-03-2007, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Both my cats like to eat plastic bags which is of course dangerous. It's impossible to not have them around the house, they go over trash bags to catch leaks from wet foods that get throw out (we have a cabinet for the trash but we have enough trash that we need multiple bags so one goes out next to the cabinet) and stuff from shopping for Christmas and bags holding stuff for storage purposes etc. So I've been trying to teach them not to chew them. Willie has a command (noise actually) that works well to stop him. I've simply made the noise run over and removed him... a lot, until he got the idea. I used it for other "bad" behaviors too so he learned the noise fast. Neko on the other hand does not do things bad very often, bad chewing is his only problem and he does that infrequently but when he does he swallows large portions. Since he does bad things less than Willie I don't really have the opportunity to teach him the noise. So for him I would need to set up situations to get him interested in the plastic and go from there. I've also decided to take a new approach so they will not chew at all, command or not and they will make the decision to do something else. This would need me to redirect, the only problem is that I don't know what to redirect to that they would have to possibility to choose on their own and that takes the place of bags. So anyone have any ideas of what I can use?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-04-2007, 10:20 AM
 
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How about putting a bad smell/taste on the plastic bags? Maybe a citrus scent?
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Re: cats and bags

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Both my cats like to eat plastic bags which is of course dangerous. It's impossible to not have them around the house, they go over trash bags to catch leaks from wet foods that get throw out (we have a cabinet for the trash but we have enough trash that we need multiple bags so one goes out next to the cabinet) and stuff from shopping for Christmas and bags holding stuff for storage purposes etc. So I've been trying to teach them not to chew them. Willie has a command (noise actually) that works well to stop him. I've simply made the noise run over and removed him... a lot, until he got the idea. I used it for other "bad" behaviors too so he learned the noise fast. Neko on the other hand does not do things bad very often, bad chewing is his only problem and he does that infrequently but when he does he swallows large portions. Since he does bad things less than Willie I don't really have the opportunity to teach him the noise. So for him I would need to set up situations to get him interested in the plastic and go from there. I've also decided to take a new approach so they will not chew at all, command or not and they will make the decision to do something else. This would need me to redirect, the only problem is that I don't know what to redirect to that they would have to possibility to choose on their own and that takes the place of bags. So anyone have any ideas of what I can use?
Tiger likes to get in the bags, but he doesn't eat it though.
Using citronella might the key!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-05-2007, 06:50 PM
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When the cashier asks, "Paper or plastic?", choose paper. Less dangerous for the kitties and more fun. Cats love to play in paper bags!

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