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post #1 of 16
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Hi all,

My two 4 year old tabbies chew our wires. All kinds of wires. Speaker wires, my ipod and cell phone charger wires!! I am at my wits end trying to keep all wires out of their way!

Any suggestion about why they do it or how I can get them to stop???

Thanks
post #2 of 16
You can buy cord covers, or try spraying the cords with bitter apple spray.

I know what you're going through, Punky chewed any & all cords despite all kinds of nasty tasting stuff put on them. He also fried himself 2x.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
You can buy cord covers, or try spraying the cords with bitter apple spray.

I know what you're going through, Punky chewed any & all cords despite all kinds of nasty tasting stuff put on them. He also fried himself 2x.
2x! are you sure he's still right in the head [assuming he ever was - what cat doesn't learn from the 1st frying? ]
post #4 of 16
Good luck! Maggie is nearly 7 years old now, and can't resist chewing on wires. Very nearly all of the electrical cords in my house now are covered with CORRUGATED CORD COVERS. She's tripped the circuit breakers at least twice that I can specifically correlate to her chewing on cords. Bitter Apple, Ro-pel, and Tabasco Sauce does nothing to deter her. I've learned how to replace the cord on my livingroom table lamps in less than a half hour now. My vacuum will need to have the cord replaced soon, and I just noticed this evening that my the cord on my new steam iron has chew marks in it too. There's some days when I'd just like to get a pair of pliers, and pull all of her little teeth right out of her sweet (but not very bright) little head!!!
post #5 of 16
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2x! are you sure he's still right in the head [assuming he ever was - what cat doesn't learn from the 1st frying? ]
He was never "right" since he fell off the bed @ like 9 weeks. He still isn't "right".....which is my basis for not flying him. He's a few sticks shy of a bundle, that's what we'll call him!
post #6 of 16
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He was never "right" since he fell off the bed @ like 9 weeks. He still isn't "right".....which is my basis for not flying him. He's a few sticks shy of a bundle, that's what we'll call him!
well, at least he's pretty!
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
Good luck! Maggie is nearly 7 years old now, and can't resist chewing on wires. Very nearly all of the electrical cords in my house now are covered with CORRUGATED CORD COVERS. She's tripped the circuit breakers at least twice that I can specifically correlate to her chewing on cords. Bitter Apple, Ro-pel, and Tabasco Sauce does nothing to deter her. I've learned how to replace the cord on my livingroom table lamps in less than a half hour now. My vacuum will need to have the cord replaced soon, and I just noticed this evening that my the cord on my new steam iron has chew marks in it too. There's some days when I'd just like to get a pair of pliers, and pull all of her little teeth right out of her sweet (but not very bright) little head!!!
Oh this makes me soooo glad Punky's going to live at someone else's house!

I think, thankfully, he's finally outgrown it. Now I give him supervision with various types of chews, like CET chews or sometimes even doggie rawhides (very close supervision with those).
post #8 of 16
I hope they outgrow it. As unattractive as it is, I would suggest some cord covers (I used cheap foam pipe insulators) . George will still grab the cord and yank it out of the wall when I'm not paying attention to him (he knows that Meowmy will come running when he's playing with cords).


post #9 of 16
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hey, a pic for the april contest!
post #10 of 16
When Mia was younger I used to catch her chewing on wires all the time! I went out and bought some electrical tape and hand wrapped a few wires then took a break. Shortly thereafter, she fried herself on a wire I hadn't got to yet. I felt awful. But ya...I like the electrical tape. It's pretty intense hand wrapping it over the entire cord but it's cheap and black and blends in and they haven't really chewed on the cords since.
post #11 of 16
Here's an example of my little heathen's handiwork! This is an old picture...this cord has been replaced!



The dark spots around the bite marks were Tabasco Sauce...must have just made it that much more tasty for her!
post #12 of 16
Someone needs to start an EARE program.

Electrical Abuse and Resistance Program


Kitties, Stay off the juice and save your brain cells.
post #13 of 16
I can try some of these and hope it detours Ferocious - she likes me mouse cord !!!!!



Quote:
Someone needs to start an EARE program.

Electrical Abuse and Resistance Program


Kitties, Stay off the juice and save your brain cells
post #14 of 16
Mika has also taken to electrical cords, good thing they are bring moved up into the roof when the next lot of renovations are done!

She only likes the ones in the lounge room so fingers crossed she doesn't begin to have an appetite for other rooms!
post #15 of 16
I have already replaced 4phone cords and one mouse cord! At this rate, I am afraid for their lives!! Does this corregated tube cover really work? Does it git all the way up to the point of where it plugs into an outlet? I was trying to think of what I could get at Home Depot that was flexible and would work.
post #16 of 16
this one looks interesting... but i don't think you'll find it at Home Depot!
cable zipper
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