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1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5887)
Tue, 4th Sep '07 8:34 PM

HELP WITH A BAD CAT.

All of you that know me, know Whiskers. She is darling and I love her to death. To date, she has chewed through 4 cords...that have been connected at the time. 3 chargers for cell phones and 1 line (electrical) to the land phone (that I am now w/o for over a week until the new line arrives). I have tried hiding the chargers under things while I recharge the phone. It is beginning to get expensive. We also have to hide ANY shoes that have laces because she chews through those also. I have never heard of a cat chewing like this. I just thought it was a "dog" problem. One of these days, I am afraid that she is actually going to electrocute her little self.....nevermind making me crazier. Has anyone else had a problem like this? AND for heavens sake what in the world do you do about it? I'm just waiting now for her to start chewing through the wires to the tv, computer, etc. and then I don't really know WHAT I would do. I don't want to get rid of her but I don't know what to do either. HELP!!!!!!!!!! Marsha

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6058)
Tue, 4th Sep '07 8:48 PM

I have had a couple of house cats, Marsha, but none right now. Have never had that problem though. Hopefully someone will come along who has. Do you think a Vetanarian may know the answer? I really hope someone can help you!!!

Marilyn...

eileeny
Eileeny  (Level: 67.6 - Posts: 240)
Tue, 4th Sep '07 8:52 PM

Oh dear sorry i have never had that problem, i know if a cat is soiling or spraying if you pepper all the areas when you go out or go to bed it cures tham i dont suppose there is any way you can sprinkle pepper around your cables sounds messy but they don't like the sneezies?.. hopefully someone can come up with something for you..

difod
Difod  (Level: 245.2 - Posts: 108)
Tue, 4th Sep '07 8:55 PM

After a quick google search, a common suggestion is to use a product called
"bitter apple spray". It's available at Wal-Mart. Good luck, Marsha!

Tim...

eileeny
Eileeny  (Level: 67.6 - Posts: 240)
Tue, 4th Sep '07 8:56 PM

I found this info at www.catkb.com mabe you can find other suggestions here, good luck..

Two solutions: Bitter tasting spray (apple, orange, chile pepper) on
the cords, and/or cable covers.

You can find cable covers practically anywhere - I've seen them at
Costco, Ikea, Staples and Office Max of course, and there are tons
online.

Just the bitter spray worked for us with our cord chewer, but we have
to remember to spray every new cord that comes into the house.



cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Tue, 4th Sep '07 8:59 PM

I feel your pain. My dog chews everything that lands on the floor. I have gone through 4 sets of headphones , a usb cable for my camera,vacumn cleaner cord- etc. I have bought him every imaginable chewy toy on the market, hoping this would keep him busy.I now try to remember to keep everything out of his reach. I hope he grows out of this. I am getting tired of chasing him down for my underwear that he pulls out of the laundry basket. Good luck with Whiskers.

Cathy

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5887)
Tue, 4th Sep '07 9:03 PM

Thanks so much to all of you. I will stop by the pet store, phone store, etc. tomorrow. I have been so mad that I couldn't even think straight...most of it directed at myself because she IS a cat after all. We even have to hide rubber bands........she chews on those and got hold of one once and it did manage to come out the other end but I have heard that is very dangerous for animals. I thought I was through raising kids..now I have a delinquent CAT! Thanks for all the suggestions...I will keep you posted! Marsha

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5887)
Wed, 5th Sep '07 8:50 PM

Keep your fingers crossed...so far the bitter apple is working. Thank you SO MUCH for putting me on to that. I bought the little silly some chew toys too. Who knew that they even made chew toys for cats????

cathyincayman
Cathyincayman  (Level: 50.2 - Posts: 33)
Fri, 7th Sep '07 4:48 PM

Have you thought about putting your cords through some PVC pipe, there's no way Wiskers could chew through that, and it's inexpensive! Cathy

jorboo
Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Sat, 8th Sep '07 11:24 AM

My cats did the same thing. My Husband went to the auto store and bought a covering for all are electrical cords. I would ask him what it is called , but he recently passes away. All I can suggest is go to the auto store and describe it. It's main use is automotive, but solved our problem. It is hard black plastic with a slit where you can place your cords. Good Luck!

cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 8th Sep '07 6:53 PM

Jorbo, I think I know the stuff you are talking about,but do not know the name for it. We have it in white and put it over our telephone cords. It is also sold in hardware stores to cover up wires and cords you don't want showing.


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