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, cats aren’t purrfect. They often have a bad habit of chewing on electrical cords. This isn’t just a nuisance, it’s damaging to your home and to your feline friends.
Why do cats chew on cords?
There are several reasons cats chew on cords, including:
-They like the way it feels when they chew on a cord
-Many cats want to get in trouble because they’re hungry for attention and they’re bored in their normal routine
-They might have a dental problem or a nutritional deficiency
How do I keep my cat from chewing on cords?
Whatever the reason is for your cat to chew on cords, it’s important to keep them safe. Here are five ways you can stop your cat from chewing:
Wrap exposed wires in rubber covers
Rubber covers can be purchased at most stores that sell electrical and home repair supplies. An electrician from Applewood can also help you install rubber covers.
Provide your cat with more entertainment
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, for example.
Play with your cat more
Increasing your daily interaction with your cat will wear them out mentally and physically, reducing their want to chew on cords. Interactive food toys where your cat has to actively hunt for treats is an excellent tool to engage your cat.
Spray the cords with bitter apple spray
Apply a bit of apple spray, hot sauce, or even some sort of citrus on electrical cords to deter your cat from chewing on them.
Take your cat to the vet for a check-up
Because chewing on cords can be a sign of a dental problem, it’s important to take your cat in for a check up. A vet will be able to assess your cat’s dental health and examine your pet’s diet to ensure they’re getting the right nutrition. Sometimes, improving the overall health of your cat is enough to stop them from chewing on cords.
If you need help covering wires in rubber or with any other electrical issue get in touch with Applewood today! We will solve your home’s electrical issues and ensure that you are safe in your home.