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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hello,

This is the first time I have ever experienced this. My 6 month old kitten that I adopted back in March is chewing on our electrical cords. Besides the risk of being electrecuted, he is ruining our cords.

How do you get him to stop? Will they outgrow this?

Thanks.
post #2 of 13
All I can tell you is that my kitten does that too. I just try to watch her when I'm home and I spray her with the water bottle when she starts to chew. It's not the best idea--water and electrical cords--but I spray her back end and no where near the cords.
I'm a new owner too, so I'm not sure I can give the best advice.
post #3 of 13
My 7 year old cat, Moose, has recently chewed through three phone cords. I purchased some cord covers which has stopped him.
post #4 of 13
No home with cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. should be without a bottle or two of Bitter Apple spray. That stops almost every pet from chewing on cords.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
No home with cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. should be without a bottle or two of Bitter Apple spray. That stops almost every pet from chewing on cords.
I bought some stuff at Petsmart today called Bitter Yuck. It is the same as Bitter Apple. It is ok to spray this stuff on cords that are plugged in? I mean I won't go near the electrical outlet.
post #6 of 13
Our nearly 2 year old kitty still chews on electrical cords... she's very weird. Go to an electronics type store and ask if they have convoluted cable. It's a heavy plastic for covering cable, and it has a split down the side of it. So just slide it over your cords and trim it to the correct size.

Our cat still tries to chew any cable that's uncovered, so it hasn't broken the behaviour but at least now pretty much everything is covered and she can't electrocute herself or damage any more electrical cords!
post #7 of 13
Yep as long as you don't spray directly into the socket, you can spray up to the end of the cord. I am careful around the wires on the computer as they are smaller; but have used it on them when Charlie decided he might like to take a bite. One taste of BA and he hasn't tried since
post #8 of 13
One thing I did to counter this issue is to offer my two something else to chew on: straws!!!

What I've done in the past to to take straws and tie knots into them (so they have more of a shape) and get them to chew on those instead. I keep a large supply so if they knock them under the fridge or something, there are more to give. In addition, I also sprayed the cords with bitter apple, but that didn't really do it (only worked after I introduced the straws).
post #9 of 13
Our kitten loves chewing cords too. A sharp clap of the hands and a glare has managed to stop him going near them when we're around. When we're not in we find we have to keep him in the dining room where there are no exposed wires. I might try that spray if I'm able to get it over here! What exactly is it?
post #10 of 13
You guys should really do something to stop your cats from chewing cords, it may seem silly or like a weird cute habit but my friends cat recently died from chewing on electrical cords and getting electrocuted :\\
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Roimata View Post
You guys should really do something to stop your cats from chewing cords, it may seem silly or like a weird cute habit but my friends cat recently died from chewing on electrical cords and getting electrocuted :\\
I think that's why the original poster started this thread...to find a way to get the kitten to stop the habit.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
I think that's why the original poster started this thread...to find a way to get the kitten to stop the habit.
lol I know, but im just saying, if apple bitter isnt working, just dont treat it as a small deal. Tape your electrical cords to the wall if need be...put some plastic covering on them...lol
post #13 of 13
If you are at home and can be consistant long enough to get the cat to associate the noise with the cord chewing, you could try leaving your sweeper plugged in, and every time the cat starts to chew a cord you could turn your sweeper on. (unless your cats is different than my cats and does`nt mind the sound!)
Linda
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