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Cherry is growing into quite the monster. She has started to steal papers in the night and hoards them in my room. She takes them and rips them apart. This isn't that big of a deal except that she's taking unopened bills, receipts, and other important papers and she's making my room a mess. She also has started to carry around strips of fabric that she finds. And she likes to drop little objects(fabric, toys, hair bands, gum wrappers, etc.) in her water bowl, then she takes them out and leaves them where I step on them.

Since I just started high school, I've barely had time to play with her and when I do have time she just wants to sleep. Is there a way to stop this behavior? I've asked if we could get another cat to play with her during the day but that was shot down quickly.
 

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Ok, no offense meant but your cat is really not a monster. Your cat is just... playing. No one else is playing with her, or else she just prefers to play by herself. That's all. Between them, my two cats do all of the behaviors you describe. Moxie is my paper chewer, so we keep important papers out of her reach (put them in a cupboard, a breadbox, get a box with a lid etc.) and simply clean up after her if she tears something up. Sassy has always loved to playing with small toys, and her favorite are hair bands, twist ties, or milk jug rings. Again, either keep all that stuff in a drawer or just tidy up when she does manage to get her paws on some. If you don't want her to take stuff into your room just close the door, or tidy up after her. There's no way to get your cat to stop playing. Even if you had two they might BOTH just play this way (like my two :p)

My Moxie drops things in her water bowl occasionally - she once found a dryer sheet and dragged that into her water bowl, and made a heck of a mess in the process. I've read that cats do that because they're trying to put their toys 'away', or put them somewhere safe. Their eating and drinking area belongs to them, so their toys are safe there. All you have to do is check her water bowl a couple times a day, take out her toys and give her clean water. Someone should be checking her water dish daily anyway. You could also try leaving an empty bowl by her feeding area and see if she'll put her toys away into the empty bowl instead. As for stepping on wet toys.... that's annoying but it's nothing compared to stepping on hair balls while you're half asleep :wink
 
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