I have a kitten and she is chewing up wires. How do you stop that?
Abigail from Boaz, KY
Your kitten is likely teething, so it's time to add bulk to it's food, like kitten chow. If it continues to chew, increase to next driest food and keep plenty of water around, but eliminate the canned meats. Like any animal getting it's first teeth, it will want to gnaw on something. You might continue to scold with the water spray, but it might be confused since I believe it is trying to get relief any way possible. You might
try tossing several rubber mice around, then gradually replace them with a LITTLE catnip mice, just for a very short time, because it is cat marijuana and you don't want the cat addicted, I hope. This is a deterant and temporary distraction until it gets through with growing the main teeth it should have.
Give it rubber balls it's size, made for kittens, and do try VERY hard to tie up your cords EVERY where in the house, for all concerned. Cats are a sacrifice, some worse than others. God help and bless you and you cat. : )
I put the Bitter Apple on the wires of my lamps and the kitten decided very quickly they didn't taste good enough to bother with any more. You can use a damp cotton ball if you don't want to spray directly.
There is no concern about giving catnip to cats in any amount.
This is one of several sites that discusses the impossibility of "addiction".
About the wires, I would try to cover them up some how. You can buy foam insulation that is round (for pipes) to cover exposed wires temporarily. I really liked the aluminum foil idea too. In a month or so, your kitten will be on to something else.
Most pet stores carry bitter apple spray. Buy some and spray the wires. Your kitten will chew the wire then get the taste in her mouth and realize she doesn't like it and will stop. It worked with my 5 month old kitten!
The bitter apple spray works but to train your kitty get you a spray water bottle and fill it with water and every time you see kitty doing something wrong spray her with it and scream NO, after awhile all you have to do is shake the bottle and she will know it's a NO NO...
Do what house rabbit lovers do: Go to a hardware store and buy some heavy plastic tubing that comes by the foot. Take it home and cut a slit up one side, insert your wires (telephone, computer, lamp, etc.) and the kitten should have much more trouble chewing up those valuable cords. The tubing can always be replaced, the kitten can't.
My kitten's obession was trying to chew every wire in the house, just when I wasnt looking she would be trying to find the next wire. I just put some aluminium foil loosely around any hanging wires and after a week or two she dosent even try anymore. Its not the most attractive addition to your home but you can remove the foil after a week or two and kitty wont even remember how fun chewing wires was.
I really hope you ignore the person that said to scream at the cat. Any cat lover knows that this is an ineffective and traumatic way to train a cat.
I might add, you can NOT train a cat to not do something... you can only train it to not do something in front of you.
You need split loom tubing. It's a lightweight plastic tube that covers cords so kittens can't chew them. Wrap all electrical cords. This will take a while. You don't have to do the ones you only use for a short time under supervision, like your hair dryer. Just put those away when you're done.
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