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How to stop a cat from chewing electric cords

Cat touching an electrical cord, looking guilty.

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How to stop a cat from chewing electric cords

September 12, 2012

Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent my cat from chewing on my electric cords?

A: Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon problem. This condition is called pica, which means eating non-food items, and cords are the most common things we see cats interested in. See this article for more information on pica.

There are a few things you can try:

  • Bitter apple spray -- this can be purchased at most pet stores
  • Tabasco sauce

While many owners have good results with these, the best thing is cord protectors. There are many different types, and here is an example. And here is another.

-- Answer from Candy R., a veterinary technician on JustAnswer.

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