This post is part of a new series where struggling pet owners submit pleas for help to the expertise of blogland. Everyone’s experiences are unique. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them in the comments. What you think common sense may be revolutionary for someone else. You never know what may resonate with someone and keep one more animal out of a shelter. My hope is that together we can help good people, and good animals, feel a little less alone.
Sharmeen* and her cat that loves to chew:
Hi there, I have been having a small issue with my cat for years now. I adopted him as a baby when a friend of mine found a box of kittens abandoned in the parking lot of her apartment building. He’s a great companion and I can’t imagine life without him. For the most part he has excellent manners. He never jumps on counters and he never wakes me up in the middle of the night.
His only fault is that he loves to chew on wires. In the four years I have had him he has chewed through my cell-phone charger, my flatiron cord, the microwave cord, and numerous lamp wires. It’s not only really annoying for me to have to replace these items but I also really worry about his safety. I am sure he knows he is doing wrong because he only does it when I am not at home. When I have caught him in the act, he always runs away.
I am not sure how I can safely prevent him from all this chewing. I try to make sure all the cords are in a place he can’t reach but sometimes I forget. It seems he just really likes the feel of the cords between his teeth. Do you have any suggestions for how I can safely stop my cat from chewing?
A friend of mine suggested I spray him with water when he does it but since he only does it when I’m not home I don’t think that will work. I have tried to set traps so that if he pulls on a cord something will fall and scare him but that hasn’t worked either. I really don’t know what to do and I am so worried one day I will come home to my cat being severely injured. That and I can’t keep replacing all of my appliances!
Now it is your turn, pet lovers. If you have any suggestions for Sharmeen and her cat, please share them below. The more resources, the better! Thank you so much for taking the time to help
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