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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2015, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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age and chewing?

Until now, I have only had one young cat in my adult life and that cat was not a chewer. Is there something about being 9 months old that makes a cat go wild for chewing? My 1 year old, Choo, is possibly a coon mix and I always wondered if she was going to develop a little slower. Maine coons can take 4 years to mature. Choo was always chewy and still is but she's grown out of chewing on wires- she mostly just mouths stuff now. My second cat- who was the runtish and shyest one in the litter is 9 months and he is chewing on wires and the corners of wood furniture. I'd think that teething would be well over but now I'm starting to second guess myself since the older cat's chewing behavior seemed to peak around 9 months. Can he still be catching up physiologically from being the weakest, smallest and most passive of the litter?

I started writing this post as I had just plugged in my phone as it was about dead and Matt the 9 monther, began seeking out the cord for chewing. I tucked the cord under my arms, a calculator and a notebook, blocking him from his wire so he started to chew the corner of the desk where the keyboard sits on a roll out platform. I closed the slider so he had no access to the corner- then my other cat started licking a stack of printer paper while Matt ran to the stairs and started chewing the rails on the bannister.

Am I going crazy? Is this normal? Is it age related? Can they still be teething at 9 mo. Are my cats both just orally fixated? Should I rush the 9 mo. old to the vet for a dental or can I wait until his wellness check in a few weeks?

Any words of similar experience are welcome. I'm just trying to understand why my perfect kitties both are chewy when my last kitten wasn't.

They are both fed wet food only unless we go away and the sitter leaves them wet food and open access to high quality grain free dry. We haven't used a sitter in months.
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Of my three cats one is a chewer. Winston would chew on headphone cables. I lost count how many headphones my son lost to Winston. He is four years old now and even though he does not chew on cables, he started chewing on socks. To curb this I got a cat toy infused with catnip designed for chewers. He enjoys his toy and uses it quite a bit. Every once in a while a sock disappears but is not bad. If you are worried about your cat shocking himself by biting a cord try using bitter Apple spray on the cords. Hopefully that will dissuade him. It may just be a phase your kitten is going through but better to be safe than sorry. Try the chew toy and see if it helps. If nothing works try keep dangling cables to a minimum. I hope this helps.
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At 9 months the issue is likely molars growing in. Just like we get 'adult teeth' and then wisdom teeth cats (and dogs too) get molars when they're right around 9 months.

I bought a wiggle worm (

) when my boys started chewing again and it was a life saver. You could also buy duck jerky strips (but check the package to make sure they aren't made in China!) as chewies. Torri LOVES those things!
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Wiggle Worm! That's it! Winston loves it. So glad you posted what the toy is called.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2015, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Ah I thought we were over the teething hump by now. At least it makes sense. I found the wiggle worm on Amazon US so that's in the cart. Unfortunately those bitter sprays don't work on him I just have to keep him distracted when I see him chew.
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Neelix was like that for months 2-7. He gnawed on *EVERYTHING* including me. He was such a mouthy kitten it drove me nuts. PHone cords, electrical wires, papers, shoes, books, bookSHELVES, table legs, chair backs... ugh.

I was starting to worry he had PICA but suddenly it stopped. I attributed it to teething but I don't know how long they are supposed to teethe.
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I agree with librarychick that it sounds like he's teething. Have you tried putting out a cardboard box and laying it on its side? My cats used to love chewing on the edges of it when they were teething. Yes, it's annoying when they chew on wires, especially when they aren't deterred by something like "Bitter Apple" spray, but you can get wire protectors. Amazon has "Critter Cord" Cord Protectors for cat chewers.

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