February 23, 2022
How to Keep Your Cat From Chewing on Cords
Curiosity killed the cat. It’s an old saying but it still holds true. If your cat or kitten is chewing on electrical cords, it’s only a matter of time until they get hurt. Luckily, our electricians have tips for how to stop your kittens from playing with and chewing on cords.
Cats make excellent pets. They’re happy living indoors, they clean themselves, they use a litter box without training, and they hunt unwanted pests! Unfortunately, our feline companions aren’t always purrfect. Chewing on cords could be the sign of other issues. We’ll help you diagnose the motives behind your cat’s oral fixation and give you solutions to break the habit.
Why do cats chew on cords?
The reasons cats chew on cords can range from behavioral problems to dental issues to health afflictions. Here are the most likely reasons your cat chews on your cords:
- Curiosity. Cats, especially kittens like the way it feels when they chew on a cord. A cord hanging off the table may look like another animal’s tail or it might simply be a tactile issue they can’t resist.
- Boredom. House cats without a lot of external stimulation available might see a dangling electrical cord as an exciting distraction.
- Dental issues. Young kittens that are teething tend to chew on anything and everything. An electrical cord may just be what’s convenient. A good percentage of older cats experience dental problems. Chewing helps alleviate their discomfort.
- OCD. If your cat exhibits behaviors like overgrooming, tail chasing and excessive licking, they may have an obsessive-compulsive disorder that compels them to chew.
- Nutritional deficiency. Pica is the medical term for eating non-food items. Often it is a result of a health problem or lack of nutrition.
- Stress. If your cat is high strung, chewing may be the way it relieves inner tension and anxiety.
How do I keep my cat from chewing on cords?
Whatever the reason is for your cat chewing on cords, it’s important to keep them safe. Here are six ways you can keep cats away from wires and cords:
1. Wrap exposed wires in rubber covers
You can purchase rubber or plastic cord covers at most stores that sell electrical and home repair supplies. Not only do covers create a barrier against chewing, but they are also useful for organizing cords and keeping them untangled. An electrician from Applewood can also help you install rubber covers.
2. Keep your cat entertained
If your cat is bored, there’s a good chance they’re going to cause some mischief. Distract them by fulfilling their sensory needs: smell, taste, texture, and sound.
Replace their desire to chew on rubber cords by giving them something else to chew on like rubber chew toys, rawhide or even cardboard. Cat grass is a great alternative for heavy chewers.
Rotate your cat’s toy options so they don’t get tired of the same items day in and day out.
3. Give your cat more attention
Increase your daily interaction with your cat to wear them out mentally and physically. This may reduce their desire to chew on cords. Interactive food toys that require your cat to actively hunt for treats is an excellent tool to engage your cat.
4. Spray the cords with bitter apple spray
Apply a bit of store-bought apple spray to deter your cat from chewing on electrical cords. Other home remedies you can apply include:
- Dish soap
- Lavender oil
- Hot sauce
- Vinegar paste
5. Remove access to cords
Rearrange furniture to cover up cords or tack loose cords to baseboards. By removing the temptation of open dangling cords, you might reduce your cats urge to chew.
6. Take your cat to the vet for a checkup
Because chewing on cords can be a sign of a health or dental problem, it’s important to take your cat in for a checkup. A vet will be able to assess your cat’s teeth, health and diet to ensure they’re getting the right nutrition and that they’re healthy.
If you notice signs of injury from electrical cords like burn marks around you cat’s mouth or excessive drooling, schedule a visit right away. Electrical shock can lead to significant issues like heart and lung damage or breathing trouble.
Electrical Repair for Feline Damage
Don’t let damaged or exposed wires and cords become a hazard in your home. Get fast and professional electrical help with all your wiring. If you need help covering cords in rubber or with any other electrical issue get in touch with Applewood today! We’ll replace or redirect potentially dangerous wires to keep your home safe for two and four-legged family members alike!