3yr old rescue - Chews on cables, cardboard, rubber bands, pine pellets, and more

dthlo

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I have a 3yr old rescue, and have had her for 2 months now. She's gradually been chewing on more and more things over time.

When I've had her home on her own, I've only discovered her chewing on paper. So she's pretty good on that end
When I am home, she generally follows me around (not a lap cap), and likes to stay in the same room as me, socially distanced ;). But she'll start chewing on laptop cables (maybe 2-3 times per day) that have protective covers. She's also chewed on her hairbrush and nail clippers that were by my side (only once). If there's a rubber band lying around, she will definitely go for that, and I've caught her gnawing on saran wrap and tin foil a handful of times. When she gets the zoomies, she's been known to chomp on pine pellets. Yesterday, she started ripping apart 1 cardboard box (not digesting cardboard) that's been out for months, but has left 2 other cardboard boxes alone.

We brush her teeth daily, use interactive toys with her about 3 times per day, and use a puzzle feeder in the morning and evening that is pretty challenging. In general she's good, but she gets this look in her eyes and I can tell she's going to find something to chomp on.

Was wondering why her chewing of inanimate items is progressing, if there's a way to rule out Pica, or if you here have any other suggestions (e.g. leave cardboard box out?, does shaking a coin jar work?). Thanks!
 

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Hi! I'm not sure about determining Pica, but
try giving her things she can chew on, and use bitter apple and cord covers on things you can't remove, and pick up EVERY thing. When she gets that look, can you take her for walks?
 
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Hi. It could be that she is trying to get your attention when you are home - and, I am sure she has learned she can get a reaction out of you by chewing on things! I am not sure about the pine pellets, though. I don't think Pica can be ruled out, or confirmed, with any certainty that I know of. I suppose your vet could check for vitamin/electrolyte/enzyme/chemical imbalances, in case that might be the cause.

I would leave her cardboard to chomp on, and certainly make sure no rubber bands are accidently left out. One of my previous cats would go for a rubber band every time she laid eyes on one! And, with Feeby (15+ yo) - I have to make sure all plastic bags are out of her site, as she wants to chew on them (not eat, thankfully) - she has all of her life.
 

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Your kitty must be related to my 3-year -old cat Kiefurr Sutherland. Kiefurr plays with and chews on anything and everything. Cardboard boxes are one of his favorite things. My husband and I called him a little termite because he would chew on a cardboard box and leave the floor covered with tiny little pieces of cardboard. He also chews on metal which has concerned me. He chews on the handles of the cabinet doors and tries to chew on loose little screws (which I don't know how he finds). Last Christmas I had to take him to the vet because he swallowed something which the vet was concerned was wrapped around his intestine. He loves to stick his head under running water, so I have seen him turn the metal kitchen faucet and make the water run. I am worried he might break his teeth or worse!
 
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