Dear Christopher Cat
Sammy, our 1-year-old cat, likes to chew cardboard boxes. He doesn’t eat the cardboard, but he chews it into chunks.
He enjoys cat grass, but we haven’t been able to interest him in toy mice or balls. Do you have any suggestions to help curb the box chewing?
Chewing cardboard probably won’t hurt Sammy, as long as he doesn’t swallow it. But if he’s decimating boxes you expect to use, put them safely away in a closet.
To thwart Sammy’s interest in boxes, offer him things he’ll find even more appealing than cardboard. I like crunchy treats such as C.E.T. Chews and Feline Greenies, as well as toys that require manipulation to dispense the treats.
One of my kitty sisters who really likes to chew prefers rawhides and processed lambs’ ears.
Also, look for interactive toys Sammy might enjoy. I especially love chasing a laser light dot, jumping after a feather on a fishing pole, and pouncing on a sparkly acetate pompom attached to a stick.
With a little luck, Sammy soon will wonder how he ever had time for anything as boring as cardboard.