Friday 17 March 2006

Cable Chewing Cat

Our cat likes chewing on cables and it's becoming a bit of a problem. There's alot of cables around our house. So far, he's chewed through:

  • one ethernet backbone disrupting the home network

  • two xbox controllers

  • one Nokia phone charger

  • the left channel of a cheap audio interconnect

  • one very expensive audiophile-grade audio interconnect

That last one was really, really annoying. I've become reaquainted with my soldering iron fixing all this stuff. Now when something doesn't work, the first suspect is the cat.

The surprising thing is that he hasn't chewed through a power cord yet. I hope he does! That will teach him a lesson. Although it would be sad to come home one day to a frizzled smoking cat ("Honey, what's that smell by the stereo?"). Meanwhile, I'm wondering whether there's something I can wipe on all the cables to stop the chewing.


  1. You can start by trying lemon juice - ours hate citrus.

  2. To repel cats from parking themselves in my flowerbeds, I throw some dried orange peels around. Works to a certain extent.

  3. Wipe hot Sauce on the cables (don't be excessive you don't want to make a mess) Cats are really sesitive to spicy products and will give them a horrible memory of the last time they bit a cable. If you catch them in the act you might get an intertaining show as well. :-D