Dec 05 , 2019
It may not sound appealing to you or me, but to your cat or kitten, a loose or dangling electric cord is a fun and exciting toy to play with. Chewing on toys is part of the action for young cats, but cats chewing electric cords is not something we want to encourage.
So how can I stop my cat from chewing on electric cords? Here are several solutions you may want to try:
Cats naturally need to chew and play/pounce on things. Make sure they have enough toys and distractions. While it always seems like your kitty wants to play with the box a toy comes in rather than the toy itself, having plenty of toys will be a good start to keep your cat occupied. Also, toys that dispense treats are good play-n-reward toys to keep your cat active.
Have their teeth examined. Some cats chew weird things because they have tooth or gum discomfort. As stated above, cats naturally chew and play with things, but if chewing becomes excessive make sure your vet finds your cat’s dental health acceptable.
Encase the cord in plastic wire wraps. Just make sure the wrap covers the entire cord and that the cat doesn’t like the taste of the covering.
Rub the cable wires with soap, dish soap, citrus oil, hot sauce, or a sports liniment. Cats will not like the taste of these things; however, cats do like salt, so make sure whatever you put on your wires it does not have a high salt content.
Tie up excess cord lengths with Velcro cord ties.
Use plastic cord management covers. These are good for covering the cords completely where they run along a wall or across the floor.
Wrap cords with double-sided tape. Cats don’t like the stickiness of the tape, so they wouldn’t want to play with it.
What are the signs of electric cord injury to my cat? Injuries from chewing on electric cords usually causes burns to the mouth and surrounding areas. If you didn’t observe your cat or kitten while it was chewing, but notice sores in or around your cat’s mouth, drooling, or reluctance to eat, it could be from electric cord damage. Occasionally, more serious consequences can result, such as heart and lung damage. Evidence of a more serious problem could include coughing or difficulty breathing. Mild or severe, you definitely need to seek veterinary attention if you notice any of these signs.