My cat has always loved to chew on things she shouldn’t. You name it, and she will try to chew it; wires are no exception. Having your feline friend chew on wires can be frustrating, not to mention deadly! Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to deter this kind of behavior and keep your kitty from ruining your electronics, or worse yet, seriously getting injured, or burning down the house. Follow these 5 easy tips to keep your cat from chewing wires.
1.) Enrich The Environment
One of the main reasons cats often chew wires is because they are bored. While trying to correct the behavioral problem by enriching your cat’s environment, buying them new toys, and incorporating more playtime etc. can be helpful, it should not be the only step you take when trying to solve the problem. Chewing wires is a very serious matter, as it can cause a fire, electrocution, or even worse, death. Cat grass makes a great and safe alternative for any enthusiastic feline chewer. While making sure your cat has plenty of entertainment is a good first step in the right direction, just keep in mind that it should never be the only step you take. Keep reading to find out which additional steps you can take to protect your cat and your electronics.
2.) Put Away Cords
Unplug any unnecessary appliances and put them away in a safe space, away from kitty, until needed. When you do need to use these appliances, be sure to confine their use to a safe, cat-free space like in a room with the door shut. Never leave appliances plugged in unattended.
3.) Rearrange Things
One of the best ways to cat proof exposed wires is to rearrange furniture and appliances in a manner, where your cat can’t get to the wires. For instance, placing furniture in front of outlets so the wires aren’t exposed, or grouping wires together with twist ties and taping down all cords so they don’t dangle and attract your feline friend, are all great steps to take. Velcro attachments or special cord clips can also be purchased and work well for keeping cords attached flat to surfaces. Double sided tape, electrical tape, cardboard, or rubber tubing all also work great for covering and protecting wires and make chewing less fun for your cat as he or she will most likely be displeased with having to chew sticky tape or other deterrents in order to get to the wires. They will quickly lose interest and hopefully move on to something else.
4.) Close Kitty Out
In some cases it may be beneficial to keep certain rooms with appliances closed up so your cat can’t get to those appliances and chew the wires.
5.) Invest In Cord Protectors
Cord protectors can be purchased at stores like Walmart and Radioshack. There are different types of cord protectors available on the market today, but I have found that the plastic tube cord protectors often sold in the clearance section at Walmart work just fine, and are also only $1.00 or $2.00. These thick, plastic tubes can be cut into different sections and easily placed around cords to keep your cat from chewing. Use a bit of electrical tape to lay the cords flat against a surface and you’ll be good to go. While cord protectors might not be the most attractive thing, you will be able to relax, knowing that your appliances and your cat are now both safe.