Chewing on Fingers

by Bri
(Chico California)

Younger w/chew toy

Younger w/chew toy

Our Siamese Cat, Kemo, is going to be a year old and still chews on fingers. I'm not talking a love bite or a small nip he literally will chew on our fingers as long we allow him to. Sometimes he will even fight us over our fingers in order to keep chewing. He was an abandoned kitten and has been doing this since he was a young kitten. We thought it was his need for teething when he younger and he used to use chew toys we bought for him but now that he's older it hasn't stopped. He's not doing it maliciously but those back teeth do hurt.

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Feb 02, 2012
correction
by: my2wins

oops! I meant to reference Beatrice, not Bernice, in my last post.

Feb 02, 2012
chew toys might help
by: my2wins

I agree w/ Bernice 100%

You might also try some chew toys and treats.

One of my new siamese kittens thinks he's a puppy and chews accordingly on fingers, shoes, and anything he can get into his mouth.

I've recently found a unique brand of "cat chew treats" (chicken flavor) which are long finger shaped chew sticks. I think they were from Pet Food Express or PetCo. I probably won't buy them again since they are made from soy not meat, but since he doesn't really ingest much if any, I think its ok for now.

I've also bought him a lot of puppy-sized chew toys and he spends all day "stalking" them and gnawing them and carrying them around.

I recently found chicken breast jerky dog treats at Trader Joe's and I cut them with kitchen shears into cat-sized strips and also little bite sizes. Both my kits especially love these, and they seem to give the teeth a good workout as they chomp away. Trader Joe's has the best price at $3 a bag while most other places charge $9.99 or more

And lastly I found some Hartz "dentist's best" beef flavored raw hide twists, extra small and thin, which my kits love too. I found these at the pet aisle at CVS (formerly Long's drug store)

If you do look for other chew treats, the dog aisle at most places seems to have a better selection by a hundred fold, but make sure to only select treats that are protein based only, with no additive carb fillers (grains, veggies or starches). Read the ingredients. Cats are carnivores and carb filled formulas are inappropriate for them to ingest regularly.

I don't know if anyone else gives their cats puppy chew toys and treats but it seems to work well for my little guys.

Feb 02, 2012
Chewing on fingers
by: Beatrice

Hi there,

If he was an abandoned kitten, who knows what he was doing and the habit of chewing fingers has stuck. You will need to be firm with him and make sure that he understands that chewing on fingers is unacceptable. Siamese cats are very intelligent and a lot of those wild genes are not present, so they are much easier to train and teach than your ordinary moggie. The most important thing is to be consistent and firm, don't smack. He will understand after a while and make sure your tone of voice shows that you are very displeased with this behaviour.

Hope this helps.

Beatrice from Ireland.

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