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My kitten won't stop ripping the corners of doors carpets?

Hi guys

I sent an email pleading help a few months ago but to date I haven't received a reply. I understand you are extremely busy but I really need some advice and help please🙏🏻😭. Our adopted kitten 10 months old won't stop ripping the carpets and scratching the corner of my bed but she has a massive house with scratching boards all over. I really need advice as to why she is sooo mental. I called & emailed RSPCA where we adopted her from but they never bothered to reply. She is getting worse ripping any corners of doors and walls cupboard doors. She is a short hair domestic breed. Thnx very much let's hope u can help us 😭😖🙏🏻

FitnessBunny39

2 Answers

Melissa

Great work adopting an RSPCA rescue kitten! The good news is that she is perfectly normal. Cats of all breeds can be very active and mischievous in their juvenile stage if their instinctive need for investigative, predatory and playful activity are not met.

The juvenile stage ends between about six and twelve months of age. During the juvenile stage cats become more independent and seek to learn through play, exercise and social contact. Providing these needs means that undesirable behaviour such as destructive exploration, scratching and overly exuberant activity are less likely to occur.

You’re on the right track, kittens should be provided with scratching posts but they also need toys for self-play and play with you. A nursery or play centre with perches, ledges, dangling toys and a variety of surfaces for scratching can be either purchased or made at home. Toys don’t have to cost the earth with cardboard boxes or paper bags providing hours of fun. Predation is a highly innate behaviour in cats so play sessions with you should provide some form of chasing and pouncing at targets. Battery operated toys, walnuts or ping-pong balls work well. Try toys that dangle from doors or scratching posts or toys on springs. Interactive play with yourself is usually one of the best outlets for kittens. Interactive toys such as wands, ropes and sticks with toys dangling from the end work very well.

Finally, toys are great but remember that they shouldn’t be so small or fragile that they can be chewed and swallowed. Be very diligent about keeping string, hair ties and thread away from cats and be mindful of Christmas decorations that may be appearing soon – they can be ingested and cause intestinal obstructions.

Melissa

Gabriel

Hi FitnessBunny39

Sorry for the delay. We have sent your query through for an answer which we will try and get to you as soon as possible.

Thanks

Gabriel

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