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Keeping Pets from Chewing on Electrical Cords

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It is not uncommon for pets to chew on electrical cords around the house. For obvious reason it is important the owners prevent that behavior. This is a guide about keeping pets from chewing on electrical cords.
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By 4 found this helpful
November 16, 2011

I gave this solution to a friend when she said her cat had been chewing on one of her cables to the computer and another for the DVR and TV. To keep cables tangle free and to keep pets from chewing on them use rubber hose to cover the cables. You can get different size rubber hoses, so you can do each cable separately with smaller rubber hose or use a larger one for all of them.

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The pets will chew on rubber hose and not the true cable! This will protect your cords also, when moving, from nicks that may occur. Just mark with fingernail polish what the cord is for.

By cj from Minot, ND

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By 3 found this helpful
June 9, 2014

After replacing the power cords on our lap tops twice in one month due to our cat chewing them, we got vinyl tubing from the home improvement store of different diameters and split them on one side. This fits over the cords and keeps the cats from chewing through.

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By 2 found this helpful
November 21, 2011

Two adult cats (2 and 13) own me and I also foster kittens from the Wisconsin Humane Society, so I am always aware of the problem. Two years ago, at Christmas, a kitten we had just adopted bit on an electrical cord from the Christmas tree. She was severely shocked and suddenly acted really listless.

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We brought her to the vets at the Humane Society, who noticed since, she had burns around her mouth, she must have bitten on a cord (we found the bite marks later). Her lungs filled with fluid and she died a week later.

Since then, I use Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray, which you can buy online or at a pet supply store. Just spray it on the cord, or whatever else you don't want your cat to chew on. It is advertised as a taste deterrent for dogs, but you can certainly use it for cats too and it's not expensive. Good luck!

Source: Grannick's Bitter Apple Company, Norwalk, CT

By Carol from Wauwatosa, WI

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

To keep your dog or cat from chewing on electrical cords, rub the cord with a bar of soap.

By truerblue

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