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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2004, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chews cardboard boxes... Shuns toys

Hi,

My cat, Ozzy, is about 20 months old. The vet says he's his ideal weight (Ozzy, not the vet). He gets to run around outside in the mornings and at night when I'm around (rented flat, no catflap).

I've got Ozzy an array of toys to mess about with, but he seems to shun them and chew cardboard boxes instead. Don't get me wrong, if he likes to do that, then great (except for the mess of a thousand bits of wet cardboard all over the floor...).

I was just wondering if there was something I'm missing? Should I get him some sort of toy he can chew, or is it psychological?

Thanks.
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My Precious prefers rolled-up cardboard to toys also! I wouldn't worry. I do worry about cats going outside, but I know that many members allow their cats outside. I lost my very much loved Pixie to a car, so I keep my cats indoors now. I hope you continue to have good luck, though.




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I wouldn't worry too much about this either. this cat has a need to chew on something, and he's chosen to chew on something that's the least problem for both him and his owner. now if he was chewing on plastic or plants or polyester curtains....

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Chews cardboard boxes - shuns toys

Sounds normal, they like cardboard boxes to chew on, play in, hide in. At Christmas when we opened some presents in boxes, we just left the boxes laying around deliberately. The cats had a field day playing in the boxes. One other thing you may try, is cut up the cardboard tube from inside of a roll of paper towel, or even toilet paper and throw it around, your cat will love it and spend hours batting it around. Sounds like you have a perfectly normal cat to me. Another toy to distract him, is the plastic top off of a water bottle, the small one 24 oz bottles, will keep him busy for hours and it is large enought to where he will not choke. Have fun
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Not long ago, I was telling timskitties about our Binx's obsession with turning cardboard boxes into "kitty confetti." It was one of the reasons we finally got a dust buster!
I have no idea why the little ones do this. We leave cardboard boxes out around the house all the time for Skeeter and Binx to play in. Sooner or later, Binx finds each one and makes his mark on them. There are little chew holes in the corners and on the flaps and kitty confetti all over the surrounding floor.
It isn't a constant thing for him. Every couple of days he'll get the itch. He has plenty of other toys, but he's happy just chewing away.
I say, as long as he's not injesting the cardboard, it's okay. I'm happy to clean up the mess if he's a happy little boy.
Maybe it could be left over from the teething stage?
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Every couple of days he'll get the itch. Maybe it could be left over from the teething stage?
yes...I've been wondering the same, although of my three cats, it's the oldest one, with her adult teeth almost fully in, who gets the chewing itch every few days. the two boys only chew on each other.

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the two boys only chew on each other.
I hear you, Tim!




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