Cat chewing is an abomination! No seriously, when your cat chews on electrical wires or anything alike it is very dangerous. Hot wires can burn your cat so they could get very hurt, also the burning wire could inflict respiratory problems, cardiac arrest and possibility death. Sadly, their inquisitive nature and sharp teeth could be the very thing that’s threatening their life, particularly kittens. Thus, we need to be alert at all times when our dearest kitties are going through this chewing phase, which is usually around the teething age and upto 1 year.
Soon after rescuing our kitten (now 1.5 years) we realized we had to take some action because he loved thin wire, he literally chewed through all our earphone wires, a computer mouse wire, keyboard wire and our $100 super fast wifi cable in a matter of days. Our rescuing him cost us more than we bargained, probably in the region of $300.00 plus.
I’m talking about the skinning wires not the thick wires, kittens and cats are not attracted to thicker wires. Sadly, it’s the skinny wires that cost the bigger bucks.
Steps to conquer inquisitive cat chewing
These are some great tips of how we and my cat loving friends discouraged cat chewing:
1. Stick electrical tape to your wall to help prevent your pet from having access to electric cords.
2. Excess wire should be put behind furniture or appliances and rolled up, this keeps them hidden from your cat’s view. Please beware that cats, especially kittens are very attracted to dangling wire because they may think they’re toys.
3. Block access to visible wires by wrapping flexible safety cable around them.
4. Tin foil works pretty well, all cats hate it.
5. Wrap a thicker wire around the thinner wire which will be too thick for cats to chew, cats dislike thick wire.
6. Try placing some contact paper sticky side up onto the electrical cords to discourage your pet from approaching them.
7. One friend applied an unpleasant substance on her exposed wires. She tried various substances such as bitter apple spray, menthol, chilli, toothpaste, spices, mouthwash or lemon juice.
You can also buy critter cord specially for cats, but be careful what you buy as some products are for killing rats.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend any of these substances due to the possibility of a bad reaction.
8. Use the distraction method by using toys like you would with children. Make sure you use a variety of toys to prevent boredom.
9. Eventually your cat will grow out of chewing so until then you could keep all rooms sealed off that have exposed cables until your cat displays that he’s grown up enough to be left unsupervised.
My favorites to discourage cat chewing
My friends favorite is rubbing the wires with a bar of soap; well, whilst this does the trick it is very time consuming if you have a lot of wires hanging around. She does this by wetting the soap and lathering it up then simply rubs the wires with it.
As for me, obviously I needed to replace my keyboard, mouse and wifi so I bought wireless. Plus, we needed new earphones so rather than buy skinny wired ones we bought bigger earphones with thicker wires.
To prevent further cat chewing of our remaining skinny wired earphones we simply kept them in a draw when not in use. Our living room is a love haven of skinny wires so the most obvious thing to do was to keep the door closed when no one was in there.
Thankfully, my cat is now 1.5 years and has grown out of cat chewing so our living room door no longer needs to be sealed.