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CAT LOVERS! What can I put on wires to keep kittens away from biting them?

Asked by Mr_M (7596points) October 17th, 2008

She’s been after my computer wires several times today already. I’m worried she’ll bite a power cord.

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soethe6's avatar

Pet stores sell a sour-apple spray or rub-on product. Try that. Or else get those hard plastic sheaths…which would be clumsy but, well…

AstroChuck's avatar

“Bitter Apple” is a product that works well. I’ve used it in the past and have had pretty good success. You should be able to find it at PetSmart, Petco, Pet Club; just about any pet supply. Good luck.

Mr_M's avatar

Funny you say that. I notice she is repulsed by apples when I eat them. Everything else she wants a piece of! Do they carry this in super markets?

AstroChuck's avatar

Probably not. At least I haven’t seen it there. I would think any place that carries premium cat food (such as Science Diet) should have it.

lollipop's avatar

I have also seen something online that you put over the cords to prevent them from biting through too the ‘wires’. It has been too long ago for me to give you the name, but I am sure it was through a cat catalog or a website for everything about cats….

Hope this helps if you can’t find the spray.

marissa's avatar

Mr M, if you want a quick fix until you can get Bitter Apple, here are some options, of course, use discretion depending on where the cords are.
Hot sauce
Hair spray
Ben Gay
I have used all of the above at different times on different things when I have had a cat/kitten become interested in chewing something they shouldn’t.

Mr_M's avatar

None of those will poison the kitten if they lick it?

Mr_M's avatar

Here comes a dumb question – will putting a plate of cut apples keep them from climbing past and going to the wires???

lollipop's avatar

It couldn’t hurt to try that! But I bet it would only work for a couple minutes till they figure out a different way to get too the wires….

I would put a little lemon juice on instead of the Ben Gay or Hair Spray if it were me, or a drop of the hot sauce.

marissa's avatar

The smell of those things is what kept my cats away, they didn’t even try to lick it.

boffin's avatar

“I’m worried she’ll bite a power cord.”
Kitty will only that once…..

ctimm15's avatar

try that stuff u put on your nails that taist horrible

Mr_M's avatar

I went to the pet store. They told me the apple stuff is what you use to keep an animal from biting THEMSELVES. Instead they sold me something called “Bitter Yuck”, which is water based. I put it on the wires. They also sold me something called “Boundary” which I am going to return. After I got home I read the instructions and it’s dangerous stuff. I don’t want to use it. Moral of the story – always READ the label before you buy a product.

Mr_M's avatar

Are you guys sure about apple stuff? All the pet stores I went to tell me the apple stuff is only for their coat, i.e., to keep them from biting themselves.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

If you find something that works, let me know. You should see my cell phone charger’s cord!

ctimm15's avatar

i think you should use that stuff you use on your nails that stops you from chewing them if you don’t want to put apple stuff on it once they chew it it will taste yuck so they will learn not to chew it

Mr_M's avatar

@Skag, well it’s definitely not something called “Bitter Yuck”. Since I put it on the cell phone charger cord, she’s biting it MORE! It’s as if it was made to ATTRACT her.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

The only thing I have tried that helps is to tuck the chord under my bedside lamp.

feistyismad's avatar

I have been told by several people that anything with the smell of orange works, I haven’t tried it but they swear by it.

Mr_M's avatar

People swore to me apple spray would do the trick. Pet store said apple spray is used on the ANIMAL to keep the pet from biting itself. Turned out, using apple spray was like putting a big sign on the wires that read “BITE ME”, because it attracted the cat!

Mr_M's avatar

And yet, the kitten will NOT go near an apple. She’ll even make a face.

feistyismad's avatar

My friend sprayed orange fabreeze on her sofa and the cat would not get on it but like anything what works for some might not with others. This might sound silly, but I wonder if you could use the thick stuff you put on pipes in the winter, it has an opening down one side and you could just wrap it around the wires, do you think it could catch on fire? I am luck my cats don’t chew on things.

Mr_M's avatar

Ya know what’s working? My telling the kitten “NO” everytime she goes near the wires in my presence.

feistyismad's avatar

use a stern NO NO that’s what I do with my puppy she knows what it means and notices the change in my voice and the cats do to when they decide to pay attention.

Mr_M's avatar

At this point, she KNOWS she’s not supposed to do it and she knows “No”.

feistyismad's avatar

I have 2 cats and my biggest problem with them is the fact that they do things when and how they want and my puppy doesn’t, but my cats are 18 and 14 so they are really set in their ways. good luck, you can do it.

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