How do I get my Cat to Stop Biting my Loafers?
Biting loafers is a common and irritating behavior for cats, but it is one that you can address with consistent training and patience.
Steps to Take:
- Redirect your cat’s attention – When you catch your cat trying to bite your shoes, distract them with a toy so they can play with it instead.
- Verbal Corrections – When you spot your cat attempting to bite your shoes, give a loud verbal cue such as “no” or “uh-uh” so your cat associates the action with a deterrent.
- Store Loafers in a Safe Place – Keep loafers away when you’re not using them and make sure they are out of your cat’s reach when they are visible. If possible, store them in a closed area such as a closet or shoe rack.
- Redirect Aggression – If your cat has been biting your loafers due to undirected aggression, provide the cat with toys and activities that allow them to vent their energy in a more appropriate manner. Consider getting a scratching post to give your cat an alternative target for clawing.
- Take them for a Walk – Regularly take your cat for a walk or visit the park to give them some fresh air and help burn off their energy. This will also prevent them from acting out due to boredom or feeling cooped up.
- Remain Calm – Your cat’s behavior may be observed as play, so remain calm and patient even if the behavior has become repetitive. Never punish your cat for this behavior or you run the risk of the behavior getting worse.
Most importantly, if this behavior persists, it may be best to visit a veterinarian to get a clear understanding of why your cat may be exhibiting these behaviors in the first place. With patience and consistent behavior training, your cat can learn to leave your loafers alone.