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My cat bites electrical and cable cords around my house. So far she has not disrupted any service but if she continues, this might be the case. Can anyone offer any advice on this? I understand there may be some sort of spray that I can use to spray on the cords which is unattractive to cats. Would appreciate any help I can get!
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I'd be more worried about kitty electrocuting herself rather than disrupting service.. Yes there is some kind of spray out there, or there was something else.... But I forget what it was, someone else can shed a little more light.
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Okay, just a few thoughts that are coming to mind

1. Bundle cords ... tie them together with a tie-wrap, string, etc. Maybe then place them in a box so kitty can't get to much.

2. Sprays have never worked for me, but you could try it. I sprayed bitter apple spray on my cactus and woke up every morning to see cactus bits vomited up on the dresser Eventually I just moved the friggin cactus.

3. Kitty likes to play with string-like things, so provide kitty with string like toys. Shoe laces, ribbons, yarn, etc. Tie bells and feathers to the end of them. My cat Nefrit has a shoe string that she carries around the house. This stopped her from tugging at the shoelaces of my running shoes. She has her own string now.

4. Squirt kitty with a water bottle every time s/he chews on the wires. As a last resort, put kitty in a wireless room when you're out of the house. When kitty is roaming free, you are present to discipline with the water bottle.

If it's a kitten, s/he'll probably grow out of it. If it's an adult, it's just naughty behavior. But cats are cats, and sometimes they won't correct their behavior for anything :-/ We just have to adapt ours to suit their habits.
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Thanks for the response. If anyone else has any other constructive ideas, I'm open to them.
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Get narrow plastic PVC tubing, or those foam type pipe covers and put them over all wires. Your cat is in great danger chewing these wires.

I thought I had a link handy for these things, but I can't find it, I will be back with a link to show you an example of what I mean, but you can find those foam pipe covers (or sometimes called pipe insulation) in any hardware store.
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I too use the plastice pvc pipe or even metal if I don't have plastic around. I had rather cover them and not take a chance of electrocution.
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I have th same probem. And i have tried all the possible solution, but nothing seems to work. I really can't afford to replace everything that she chewed. I really need hep in this matter, but my only solution will be to take her to an SPCA and give her away.

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Don't get in too big of a hurry to get rid of her just yet.

First thing is to make sure any loose cord is gathered up and tucked behind or under something so she can't get to that.

Now think about what cats don't like, one thing that I use for kittens that like to chew is "Menthol products", cats hate the smell of it and after the initial investigation they will stay away from it.

You might have around the house some Vic's vapor rub or something that has the menthol smell to it and put some of it on the exposed area of the cord and kitty will leave it alone. You will smell it for just a little bit and the smell will pretty much go away but kitty will still know its there and stay away from it.

You can wipe it off later when she stops chewing. It wont hurt the cord and it doesn't take very much. Don't use so much that you get it all over the carpet.

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