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Q: How do I stop my cat from chewing electrical cords?

March 1, 2009 | By Patsyg | 7 answers | Expired: 2048 days ago

Teddy, my two year old orange tabby continues to chew electrical cords even though I've covered them with plastic covers. Now he chews the plastic to get to the electrical cords, it slows him down, but doesn't stop the behavior. I will appreciate any and all advice.

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Ethan W.
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Mar 01, 2009

You kitty suffers from Pica. You can try putting bitter apple on all the cords. Sometimes the bitter odor is enough to turn them off and if it doesn't the taste will usually do it. It's a dangerous behavior so it's obviously important to stop it. You may have to reapply the bitter apply every so often. Just soak a cotton ball and run it along the cords. I suggest wearing gloves.

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Sean C.
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Mar 01, 2009

You could always try the water bottle thing as well. You know, spraying your cat whenever he decides to start chewing on it. My vet told me it works better if he doesn't see who is spraying him. Good Luck !!!

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Zephyr47
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Mar 01, 2009

Our cats are also cord chewers. They've sawed through Christmas trees lights, computer cords, lamp cords--you name it. We have covers on all the cord now and it helps. Yelling at them helps for the moment--not for when we are gone. Hadn't thought of the bitter apple. Definitely will give that a try!

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