How do I get my Cat to Stop Biting My High Heels?
If your cat has the annoying habit of biting your high heels, you may be in despair. This unwelcome behaviour can be very difficult to get rid of. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to discourage your cat from biting your shoes.
1. Offer an Alternative
Giving your cat a toy that serves the same purpose as your high heels can help. Choose a toy that has the same size, shape and texture as your shoes so your cat has something equally appealing to focus its attention on. Stuffed animals, small balls and even simple cardboard boxes can serve as great alternatives.
2. Make Your Shoes Less Appealing
Unheeled shoes such as slippers are usually less appealing to cats than high heels. Try wearing them around the house instead of your high heels to discourage the cats from biting. You can also use repellent sprays or lemon juice to make the shoes less inviting.
3. Discourage the Behaviour
When your cat does try to bite your shoes, make a loud noise to startle it and discourage the behaviour. You can also say “No” in a loud, stern voice and give it an alternative toy. Praise your cat when it begins playing with the toy instead of your shoes for positive reinforcement.
4. Give Extra Attention
Often, cats bite shoes to attract their owners’ attention. Make sure you provide your cat with plenty of love and attention, including regular playtime with its favourite toy.
5. Consult Your Vet
If nothing seems to work, a trip to the vet might be in order. Your vet can recommend behaviour modification techniques that may be more effective in getting your cat to stop biting.
Biting is a common undesirable behaviour in cats. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to discourage it. Give your cat plenty of love and attention, offer it an alternative toy, and make your shoes unappealing. If the problem persists, consult your vet.
Note: Never use punishment or physical force if your cat bites your shoes; it will only make matters worse.