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Help teaching room mates kitten where she isn't allowed to go

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by parsaoul, Jul 16, 2020.


  1. parsaoul

    parsaoul PetForums Newbie

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    I should start by saying I didn't want a cat nor do I really want one now, but my room mate got one so here we are. Room mate is away a lot and ask's me to take care of it. I want to hang out with her cause I'm sure she gets lonely but I also have things to do and can't sit there wiggling a toy for 16 hours a day. Every time I am at my desk she immediately jumps through the desk, gets behind my computer and starts chewing on everything. I want to leave my office door open so she can come in as she pleases when I'm working, and I'm fine with her going just about anywhere else in the house and chewing on just about anything else. I play with her and try to give her other toys and things to chew on but for some reason, whenever I'm at my desk, she just seems to target the most expensive thing in the room.

    How can I teach her to not go specifically right there, because at this point all I can do is close my door and leave her alone, which I'd rather not do if possible.
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hello @parsaoul and welcome :)

    It is kind of you to look after your room-mate's kitten when he is away. Thank goodness the kitty has your company, or she would be very lonely, bless her!

    A young kitten does need a lot of entertaining. If she is chewing electric cables you can get cable ties to tie them together in bunches so they are less attractive to her.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/100-Pack-B...uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl


    Individual cables you can wrap in baking foil, as cats do not like biting on foil. You can also buy cable tidies. (If you are not in the UK you can no doubt buy the same thing from amazon.com)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/D-Line-Man...&qid=1594856422&sprefix=cable+,aps,164&sr=8-5

    Put away, in cupboards or drawers, anything breakable or fragile you're not using for now. This includes phone chargers, remote controls etc.

    She may be teething, hence the need to chew. So give her something safe as an alternative to chew. Most cats like cardboard boxes, for sitting in and also for ripping up with their teeth and claws. Give her a couple of large empty boxes and be prepared to replace them when need be.

    She may also like Kong Kickeroo toys for biting and kicking.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kong-Kicke...4856981&sprefix=kong+kickeroo+,aps,144&sr=8-3

    Or if you are not in the UK, and can order from amazon.com, a toy like this :

    https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Gala...4857037&sprefix=kong+kickeroo+,aps,214&sr=8-4
     
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