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Ok, not sure where to put this. However, got a new cat. He believes firmly that wires are a delicious snake that all should enjoy :-)

However, I would like to stop him, but these lessons take time to learn. Any suggestions on something to use to get him to at least not damage any of my wires? For instance like a shielding I can wrap around the wires of my headphones....anything would help, been looking around, no such luck yet.

Thanks guys, sorry for than random question.
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post #2 of 7
My mates dog did that. Until it chewed a 240v mains lead eek.gif

I'd squirt it with water from a water pistol every time it goes near the wires! They don't like that biggrin.gif
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Bitter Apple spray I've heard can be sprayed on things to deter animals from chewing on them: http://www.bitterapple.com/
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Is he a cat or a kitten? Kittens will go through a teething phase as their adult teeth start growing in, and providing him with lots of chew toys will help.

If he's a full grown cat.... Well, I've got three cats who I've noticed will start gnawing on wires and things if they are hungry. One of them also really likes brand new cables, and will almost always give them a quick bite or two regardless of whether or not she's hungry. My newest cat, who is just under a year old, interestingly never went through a cable-chewing phase, so I don't know if it is also related to their boredom levels. We have many more toys and much more room now than when we got our first two kitties. c:

But for the most part, now that they are full grown, I've had little problems with them chewing on wires.
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post #5 of 7
Live electricity would probably do the trick. wink.gif

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You can probably spay the wires with citronella oil--felines (and canines) don't like the smell of citronella. The down side would be that everything would smell like citronella. Citronella is pretty effective as a deterrent for a lot of uncontrollable dog-barking (there's a contraption you get with a collar that sprays a mist of the liquid every time the dog barks--they learn pretty quick when they don't like the smell. Well, ours did anyway...).

Orange oil is supposed to work as well, but I have no idea to what extent.
    
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post #6 of 7
Put some fake cables or old useless ones near the ones you use, and/or spray them with water. It has to be flicked not poured, you could also do the above. That way the cat won't dislike you.
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{Insert name of pungent essential oil here} wiped over the wires + a handy water-pistol for the nads (or bits if your kitty is a girl).

Feliway is the product I smeared my cables with when my Bengal was itty. Now that she has grown, she has no interest in wires smile.gif
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