Maine Coon Chewing problem

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  1. Team Bella

    Team Bella PetForums Newbie

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    I have 2 Maine Coons and bother have a real chewing problem. When they are sat having a cuddle they start to nibble my fingers, gently to start and then they move onto the back teeth and have a good chew.
    Both chew handbags, electric cables ( luckily not plugged into the socket) and have managed to destroy several electrical items.
    Is this normal Maine Coon behaviour or should I by them a bone !!:biggrin:
     
  2. DKDREAM

    DKDREAM PetForums VIP

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    Hiya

    How old are they when they teeth they tend to chew more. One of my maine coons loves to chew anything plastic. shes 2 years old and has always done it. Maybe try putting some lemon juice on the wires cats dont like citrus fruits. it might stop them
     
  3. Vixxen

    Vixxen PetForums Senior

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    one of my MC's likes to chew cardboard, always has done.

    she chewed fingers as a kitten, as a lot of kittens do, but still does it at 9 years old!
     
  4. Team Bella

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    They're both 4 years. There teeth are in good conditition. I've had them since they were kittens and they both came from different breeders. It must be a maine thing.
     
  5. Vixxen

    Vixxen PetForums Senior

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    none of my other MC's have ever chewed, but some cats just do :)
     
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    DKDREAM PetForums VIP

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    its just there personality it seems like
     
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    I have some that do and some that don't so i think it is just a personality based thing x

    i do know that putting awfully bitter stuff on the things they chew does help with the majority - but i have known one MC to love bitter apple spray :thumbdown: lol x

    i'd be inclined to try and find them things they can actually chew on, like cardboard boxes or maybe even chewy toys for dogs (they're not a small breed cat by any means are they lol) and just deter them as much as possible from the electricals - maybe make small boxes for behind TV's to put wires in or use the cable tidy's and bitter apple spray them :) x
     
  8. Team Bella

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    Thanks for all the suggestions, do think it is a personality thing. They are a great breed and visitors can't believe how big they are :)
     
  9. marianne

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    My ragdoll chews on things. There are teeth marks on my bannister and some woodwork. She also likes cardboard and paper(especially gift bags). I gave a friend a present one time and didn't notice that she punctured the whole top of the bag!! I called it ABC bags--already been chewed!:laugh:
     
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    marianne PetForums Member

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    Also- My Maine Coon kitten enjoys chewing on my hands and arms!
     

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