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Cats, Cat5, and Cabling...

buzzard0627buzzard0627 Registered User regular
edited January 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
OK, so I have two adorable (IMO) kitties. The problem is at least one of them is a chewer. He has destroyed many a cables and things attached to said cables.

I am hopefully going to buy a new PC in the coming weeks. I would like it to remain intact. Anybody have any advice as to how to go about stopping the chewing? I have tried "organic" no chew spray...i think it just made him hungry. I am no longer interested in being organic, or kitty friendly - the only thing I want to avoid is permanent damage.

The cats will alway have access to the area where the computer is. I can only prevent so much access to rear of the PC.

Soooooooooo....ideas?

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    KrikeeKrikee Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    A light layer of some capsaicin-based liquid. :)

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    DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Wireless for the cat 5, and look at cable sleeves for the rest.

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    ApexMirageApexMirage Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I was gonna post the SNL skit of Will Ferrel using sarcasm to train his dog but apparently NBC has made sure that the footage does not exist on the internet >_>

    edit: yay! (boo ebaums)
    http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/914511/

    edit2: in the spirit of being actually helpful I googled this >_>
    http://www.cabletiesandmore.com/Chewsafe.php

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    zilozilo Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    We use this stuff called Bitter Yuck. It's not citrus-based, which is good- a very small percentage of cats LOVE citrusy things. It's basically a mix of rosemary, water, and, having tasted it myself, a healthy dose of Satan's noxious blood. It's seriously the most awful taste I've encountered, and I've tried haggis.

    So, look for Bitter Yuck at your local pet store, spray a bunch on a paper towel, and rub down all your cables. Then, for the love of all that is good in the world, scrub your hands afterward. The first time your kitten encounters the cables, watch carefully with a spray bottle handy. Let it get its mouth around it and see what happens. If it chows down, spritz the kitten. I bet the little kitty will make a face and never go near the cables again, though you may want to reapply Bitter Yuck every so often just in case.

    edit: also, you may want to test this on a piece of unplugged test cable before you actually hook up the real stuff, just in case.

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    SilvertreeSilvertree Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I found that dish soap worked just as well as anything else. I just put a little on my finger tips and ran it down the length. Once it dried I never had a problem again.

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    zilozilo Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Dish soap is toxic. A fullgrown cat would probably be okay, a kitten probably would not.

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    HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    There are a lot of products for stopping biting and scratching, I've found they work fine for cables. Check the active ingredients, though. I don't trust Pet Organics and a few others. I may be overreacting, but their active ingredients include clove oil, which I use to euthanize fish.

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    BEAST!BEAST! Adventurer Adventure!!!!!Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Silvertree wrote: »
    I found that dish soap worked just as well as anything else. I just put a little on my finger tips and ran it down the length. Once it dried I never had a problem again.
    first i would like to say, i don't believe you have kittens....this thread needs more pictures

    second: i wouldn't use dish soap, it's toxic and could either hurt the cat or at the very least give it some bad diarrhea

    i sadly do not have any suggestions of what would be good, hopefully you get something that works because i'll probably be dealing with the same issue in the coming months and want advice! :)

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    ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I usually soak a paper towel with the juice from a jar of peppers then vigorously rub whatever the item in question is with it, repeat every few days and supplement with a squirt bottle of water for when you actually catch the kitten doing it.

    In my experience, the smell of the pepper juice is enough to keep them away, ymmv.

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