Cats, for all their playfulness and loving nature, can be a menace when it comes to wires. While they are “wired” to focus their attention on the most minute environmental changes, they still seem to have an unwavering attraction toward wires. Whether it is your earphones, laptop charger, or just about any other electric cord, they will find a way to it and then start chewing wires. However, this can be dangerous and you must know how to make your wires and space cat or kitten proof.
Knowing how to cat-proof wires is important if your cat is chewing on them constantly. Using the right tool can provide protection when you are not around to save them. Here are five tried and tested methods to kitten-proof wires:
- Plastic wire wraps
- Velcro wraps
- Double-sided tape
- Motion-activated sprays
- Pet training mats
How to Cat-Proof Wires
The reason behind your cat chewing electrical cords can be anything and everything. However, the thing that stays the same for every cat owner facing this problem is that they need to ensure their electrical cords are protected. Since you cannot be around to stop cats day and night, having protection can provide some peace of mind. Here are five ways in which you can stop your cats from chewing wires.
Plastic Wire Wraps
These things are super cheap and easy to apply, and they can provide a decent barrier between the wires and your cat. Their thick size not only provides sufficient safety space, but you can also use them to bundle up multiple cables to create a neater look. You can also spray deterrents on top of it for added security. Who knows it might even motivate you to clean up electric cord messes in your home. (1)
This is a solution when you simply have your electrical cords lying around openly and not put to a side. The Velcro wraps are cheap, and you can easily buy a whole bunch to tidy up a large bundle of wires. Once you have everything lined up, simply place the bundle in a location that is hard for your cat to reach. The deterrent will also work great here to make the area cat-proof.
Anything that is sticky will annoy your cats and that is also what will likely happen when they approach wires stuck to double-sided tape. If you have individual wires that you need to organize, the double-side tape will leave plenty of room for the cat to put its paws on and immediately realize that it is not a pleasant place for it to be. It can also be a great training tool after which you can even remove the double-sided tape entirely. (2)
This is basically a deterrent spray affixed to a motion sensor that operates a spray. Place this in a spot where you have your cat chewing cords, and the rest will happen on its own. With the spray in place and armed, every time the motion sensor detects movement from your cat, it will spray the formula on your cat which will immediately cause it to retreat, hopefully, never return.
Pet Training Mats
These are specialized mats that have pins on it which are not harmful to your cat but uncomfortable for them to walk on. Placing this in an area where you have wires can help keep your cats away from your wires by causing them discomfort since they will need to walk on the mat to get to the wires. Eventually, the cat will also associate the area with the discomfort and completely stop going to the area where your wires are present.
Now that you know how to kitten-proof wires effectively, let us know which method suits you best.
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(2) double-sided tape – https://www.thedrive.com/reviews/36677/double-sided-mounting-tape