Ask an Electrician: Why Does My Cat Constantly Chew on My Electrical Cords?
There is a lot to love about owning a cat, but as electricians, at Sonner Electric we regularly hear about cat owners who are frustrated that their cats are constantly chewing on electrical cords. Not only is this a nuisance, but it can be dangerous to your cat. Keep reading to find out why they do this and how you can reduce their chewing. Contact Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126 if you need residential electric services, such as replacement of outlets that your cat has caused to burn up.
No One Really Knows Why Cats Chew Cords
There are theories, but no one can know for sure why cats chew cords. Some believe that it is an obsessive-compulsive disorder that makes them chew cords. Others believe that cords resemble animal tales, and it is their prey instinct that causes them to chew cords. What we do know is that certain breeds are more likely to chew than others: Burmese, Oriental Shorthair, and Siamese.
Sometimes a cat will chew cords and other times it will have additional symptoms such as chasing its tail repeatedly, grooming excessively, or obsessively chewing, licking, or sucking on fabric. If your cat does these actions, then it is time to see the vet.
Other Reasons Your Cat Might Be Biting Those Cords
There are actually dozens of potential reasons your cat is chewing on cords. Some of them include:
- Dental issues. If your cat has a dental problem, chewing might offer them relief.
- Boredom. If your cat is chewing on or playing with things you do not want them to play with, try giving them something they can play with. You might find that relieving their boredom is all it takes.
- Medical problems. Issues that affect their metabolism might cause them to chew.
- Stress. If your cat is going through stress or anxiety, they might chew to alleviate it.
Preventing Your Cat from Chewing Cords
Now that you know how serious it can be and why your cat might be chewing, you know that the first step is likely to make sure that your cat is not dealing with a health issue. If they are not, cover cords with a protective wrapping. This could be rubber tubing or a PVC pipe. This makes it hard or impossible for your cats to get at them.
You could also coat the cord with something that won’t hurt your cats but that they will not want to be near. An example includes a menthol substance like Vapor Rub.
If your cat has caused damage to your cords or outlets, you do not want to handle this yourself. Contact Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126 to find out how we can help.