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This is a new behavior, one I noticed last night. Dante has started chewing on the corner of my dresser. He also chews on the corner of my wooden file cabinet. If it's wood, he seems to love chewing on the corners! Cami is starting to chew on whatever she can get her teeth on: the dresser corners, books, papers, SHOES (haha!)
Anyone know if/when kittens lose their kitten teeth? Or if they do? This constant chewing on everything is starting to drive me nuts!
And before anyone mentions that it could be out of boredom, my cats are NOT bored. They are constantly played with, they chase each other, are constantly talked to (they sleep in the office while I work).
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What breed is Dante? They are saying that some breeds, such as Siamese have a tendency to chew on things that contain insoluble fiber. The cause of the behavior is not clear, but there are many theories that go about treating this kind of behavior. You could try to increase the amount of dietary fiber in the food or provide some greens such as grass or sprouts. Though there are medications for controlling this kind of behavior esp. for cat OCD, I wouldn't recommend it since this chewing alone does not really do any harm to your cat. Hope this helps .
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Yes kittens lose their baby teeth and you've probably hit the nail on the head with the chewing, their teeth are bothering them.

You can put some bitter apple on the places that have already been chewed to stop them from returning, and then give them something else to chew, when you see them doing it else where.

I mean redirect them. Put out low sided (about 4 or 5 inch sides) cardboard boxes with the flaps removed, my cats love to chew on cardboard boxes.

A thick piece of sisal rope may also appeal to them for chewing, and those little burlap bags with catnip might attract them for chewing, too.


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And don't forget to keep the falling teeth... I still keep Princess' and Lady's baby teeth.. hehe !! They're sooo small and cute !
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What breed is Dante? They are saying that some breeds, such as Siamese have a tendency to chew on things that contain insoluble fiber. The cause of the behavior is not clear, but there are many theories that go about treating this kind of behavior. You could try to increase the amount of dietary fiber in the food or provide some greens such as grass or sprouts. Though there are medications for controlling this kind of behavior esp. for cat OCD, I wouldn't recommend it since this chewing alone does not really do any harm to your cat. Hope this helps .
Dante is an orange tabby, or "ginger" tabby as they are called. I do provide greens for them, and they have catnip bags to chew. Cami loves cardboard boxes, as Acer mentioned
Dante just seems to find things to chew that he should not be chewing! I haven't seen any of their teeth fall out yet, although I have noticed a few missing in Cami's mouth, so they must have fallen out already. I'll head down to the petstore later to see what they have that might help, along with bitter apple.
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What breed is Dante? They are saying that some breeds, such as Siamese have a tendency to chew on things that contain insoluble fiber. The cause of the behavior is not clear, but there are many theories that go about treating this kind of behavior. You could try to increase the amount of dietary fiber in the food or provide some greens such as grass or sprouts. Though there are medications for controlling this kind of behavior esp. for cat OCD, I wouldn't recommend it since this chewing alone does not really do any harm to your cat. Hope this helps .
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And don't forget to keep the falling teeth... I still keep Princess' and Lady's baby teeth.. hehe !! They're sooo small and cute !
LOL! Love that! "Put them under your kitty pillows for the kitty fairy to come and deliver a surprise!"
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LOL! Love that! "Put them under your kitty pillows for the kitty fairy to come and deliver a surprise!"
Hahaha !! I wonder what kind of surprise will kitty fairy bring us ??
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I read somewhere that some cats chew because of a vitamin deficiency.
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I read somewhere that some cats chew because of a vitamin deficiency.
My cats are not vitamin deficient. They get their kitty food, along with vitamin supplements given to me by the vet (due to Cami being undersized for her age). I've spoken with their vet, and indeed, both my kitties are losing their kitty teeth! I've taken old socks and knotted them every inch or two, that is helping with their chewing needs
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