Why Does My Cat... Play With Toilet Paper?

Keep Kitty Busy

Your cat will also benefit from regularly scheduled daily training, play or interactive time. Choose activities that are fun for both of you, like learning a trick or playing with a feather toy. Set aside five to 15 minutes one to three times a day to spend interacting with your cat.

When you’re not around, interactive, independent toys, such as those with remote-control options, motion-sensor toys, timed toys or hanging toys for batting, can also help entertain your feline. Keeping her occupied may make it less likely that she will attack the toilet paper.

If your cat has a special preference for paper-like items, consider offering designated alternatives she can claw up and bed down in, such as stuffing a cardboard box with shredded or crumpled-up paper or newspaper (but only if your cat doesn't eat paper). Additionally, ensure that scratching posts are placed in easily accessible areas.

When kitty plays with the right toys or engages in appropriate activities, reward her with things she finds reinforcing like treats, play, petting or praise. If kitty's caught in the act of clawing up paper, nonchalantly redirect her away and clean up the scene of the crime while she’s out of view. Punishment only heightens problems and relationship tension and may inadvertently reinforce the behavior.

Finally, if your cat is eating the paper, seek help from a specialist like a veterinary behaviorist.

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