Elise & Nim

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Hextile Destroyer

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Does anyone else have a cat that obsessively claws at the hextiles? Nimue just really seems to like tearing up her soundboard. She claws at the tiles right around the buttons, particularly around the small empty space next to each one. It's like she's trying to dig the buttons out. She's constantly detaching tiles from each other in her attempts to free the buttons. The sound of her claws on the tiles drives me crazy. Anyone else's cat do this?

[Clarification: she's not using the hextiles as a scratcher. She's specifically clawing at the tiles just around the buttons.]

Also, she's decided to use her forehead to press buttons after accidentally doing so a few times when trying to get into that empty space. She's almost exclusively using her forehead now. it's very weird!
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Stuck on an LR Button

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We started transitioning to FP buttons at the beginning of May. Nim seems to like the new buttons. They're much easier for her to press. She's pretty gentle, so it takes what feels like a million presses for her to actually activate the LR buttons. The problem is that she'll only use the FP buttons that are for new words, not for words we had on LR buttons.

I tried to transition slowly by first putting her favorite LR button (play) on the FP hextile. She was 100% fine with that and continued to use it a lot. But when I eventually swapped it for an FP button with the word "play," she won't use it. She'll go around and press all the other buttons to get my attention and then drag her favorite toy to me.

She did the same thing when I swapped out her LR food button for an FP one. I tried to make them sound as close to what she was used to as possible. These are both words she was VERY familiar with before we ever started using the buttons, and I've continued modeling both of them.

I have a camera on her soundboard, and I'll occasionally see footage of her walking up to the play button and just barely brushing it with her paw and then go press another button instead.

Any ideas? I'm really stumped here.
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Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

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I'm in Dallas. Anyone else from North Texas?