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Just before Christmas, we adopted a new kitten. At the shelter, she was pretty quiet, but now she’s turned out to be a regular live-wire. Anyhow, we took her to the vet for her 1st check-up, and the vet said she hadn’t gotten all her adult teeth yet (canines are just coming in). So, now we have a teething kitty! Does anyone have recommendations of stuff they’ve tried that’s safe and works relatively well? One website recommended giving her a piece of fabric, but I’m afraid that’ll encourage her to chew on our clothes 🙁
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Our kitten was 7 weeks when we got her and I have no idea if she was teething or not. She was certainly fairly nippy when playing, but I think that’s all babies. Did the vet have any suggestions? Do you have any cat toys yet?
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My cats (I had three from tthe same litter) were HELLIONS with the chewing until I let them start going outside during the day. Then they teethed on live animals…
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Don’t give her fabric or string unless you want to risk emergency surgery in case she swallows it.
Kong makes little cat sized ones that are firm rubber. My cats will play and chew on it even if you don’t put the flavoured paste stuff in there.
They also have these ones: http://www.chewy.com/cat/petstages-dental-health-chews-cat/dp/49623?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm_content=hg&gclid=CPaShJjTg7wCFU9p7AodxW8AKw
but they don’t really chew on them, just chase them around. I don’t think many cats are bigger chewers to begin with.
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Thanks all! Those toys look interesting, might give them a try.
@JenGirl: The vet didn’t tell me much beyond ‘make sure all the baby teeth come out or we’ll have to pull them.’ Her favorite toys right now: those feather on a stick things, pens, foil balls, and empty boxes. My parents let her play with one of those jingle-ball things that their cat doesn’t play with, but she got her foot stuck in one of the holes on the side & it freaked her out; now she won’t play with anything that rolls or jingles.
@BrandNewBride: Right now, she alternates between chewing on us, random clothing, the controls on the floor vents for the heater…
@BrandNewBride: I’ve seen her eyeing the squirrels through the kitchen window, but surprizingly there have been no attempts to get at them (yet).
@pixiecat: We don’t let her play unsupervised with anything that can come apart, not that that keeps her from creating her own toys when we’re not looking. How does a 3.5 pound cat pull down the curtains and bend the rod in two, really…?
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@cajungirl81: OMG! What is with the fascination with heating vents? I don’t get it! Why do you want to chew on metal? My cat just started this and he’s over a year old. Drives me nuts.
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I have never had a cat that chews on stuff as a kitten. My guys were adults when I got them, so…= But I’ve never had this issue with kittens, I find this crazy cool, lol!
As someone else said, KONG makes toys. What about those little toy mice? That are stuffed? She could chew on that for a while. If you do get her a KONG, I bet that you could put tiny cat treats in them like you do for dogs and she would be quite occupied by that for a while.
And if it makes you feel better, my mischief maker is 3 years old and chews on fucking shoe strings. UGH! Lol.
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I’ve never had a problem with teething kitties. I would just give them a catnip mouse toy or similar…
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When my cat was a kitten I went to the craft store and bought a big bag of those fluffy pom pom balls, It was like $3 for a bag of a hundred or more. they ended up slobbery looking and I found them everywhere, but it sure changed my shoe laces from becoming cat treats
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Our kittens always stole the dogs bully sticks and even their antlers. They have catnip toys and the like, but for chewing they were big fans of bully sticks 🙂
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Those little craft pom poms are awesome, my family’s cats STILL play with them and they’re about 6 years old now!
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@JenGirl: I haven’t figured out that one either. My parents’ cat (8 y.o. Maine Coon) does it too…along with anything she thinks is distracting you from paying attention to her.
If only she showed any interest in the mice (no such luck), or catnip! Right now she’s ignoring both. Though perhaps something that looks like a bird…?
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First of all, congratulations on the new kitty! She’s gorgeous! 🙂
We have three cats, and the middle one chews on EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. She’s over two years old and still with the chewing. The rug, the curtains, iPhone cords, laptop cords, floor vents (I agree, WHY the floor vents?!), her kitty siblings, Darling Husband, me, table legs. Pretty much everything in the house has teeth marks. She drags small items around the house and chews them like a puppy would. I lost our bathtub plug for a week because she hid it away in the cat tree and when I found it, it was chewed into three pieces. GAH.
We purchased a bamboo and nylon fishing rod type toy for her three months ago and it’s been the best purchase so far. It’s sturdy enough that she can drag it around the house and chew on it, she hasn’t been able to destroy it yet, and it allows us to play with her without getting our fingers chewed on. Unfortunately, I think they’re made locally because ten minutes of google-fu and I can’t find anything even remotely like it. :/ I would recommend anything that’s sturdy and well-made though. And nothing that could be mistaken for other things you have around the house. The first couple of rod/string type toys we bought had cord instead of the nylon and all my blind strings and half my necklaces her to be replaced. Razor teeth. Haha.
And because even though she destroys my things, I’m a proud kitty mama, please enjoy the following picture:
(Yes, she also destroyed the drywall behind her. NOW I AM BECOME CAT, THE DESTROYER OF HOUSES.)
And a picture of a cord she got her paws on:
Good luck! 🙂
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oh she’s adorable! I’ve never had a teething kitty, but when our dog was teething I would soak a washcloth in water, tie a knot in it, and freeze it. The cold helps those painful gums. For a cat you might want a lighter-weight piece of fabric, but same principle.