How to stop your cat chewing power cables, cords & wires

How to stop your cat chewing power cables & wires.

Cats don’t just find the way a toy smells or sounds attractive they also like things that have interesting textures or tastes. This can result in some cats developing a habit of chewing on things like plastic power cords, head phones and phone rechargers. This can not only be frustrating for you as it can lead to some costly repairs but it can also be dangerous for your cat as the materials they ingest can cause problems with their digestion and even result in electrocution which is a tragic and avoidable accident. If you cat has developed a problem chewing power cords then you need to stop immediately, take a look at the advice to make sure all the electrical cables are cat proofed.

Use cable tidies to protect power cords and cables

It can be a problem protecting low voltage electrical cables such as games consoles or mobile phone rechargers from damage caused by your cat chewing them and still leave them flexible enough to use. Cable tidies, the spirally tubes of plastic you slip a number of leads into are ideal to guard against the unwanted attention of your cat but still leave enough movement for everyday use. Wrap the cable tidies around the all the exposed areas of phone leads, mouse cords and other low voltage cables your don’t want chewed.

Cat proofing Question & Answers


  1. Never allow access to unprotected power cords.
  2. Always move electrical equipment you are not using out of reach.


Hide electrical cables in plastic wall conduit to be safe

You can’t take any chances if your cat has taken a liking to chew your power cables. This can ultimately be fatal and a permanent solution needs to be installed to be totally safe. Plastic conduit mounted on the wall is an ideal way of permanently protecting electrical cables and preventing the danger of electrocution to your cat. Install plastic conduit wherever the power cable is exposed and lead the cables up the wall out of reach before trailing them to the appliance.

Split length tubing can protect a cable from a house rabbit chewing

Sometimes it is hard to avoid areas where power cables need to trail across an area of your room such as to a table lamp, leaving them exposed to the chewing habits of your cat. Split length tubing can be used to permanently protect power leads across these short areas and the hard plastic is adequately to stop the most tenacious chewing activities of your cat. Cut the tubing to the correct length then slip the tubing over the lead making sure none of it is exposed. If you can secure the end with some tape in case your car tugs at it.

Move furniture in front of close to plugs to minimise the danger from chewing by your cat.

You can improve the safety for your cat by re-arranging the furniture in your room to limit the amount of exposed power cables. Move furniture with electrical items on them in front of the plug and push it tight up against the wall to hide the leads making sure they can’t be accessed from the floor.

Cat proofing safety tips

  1. Never allow access to unprotected power cords.
  2. Always move electrical equipment you are not using out of reach.


Hide cables behind furniture to stop your cat chewing on them

The best way to stop your cat chewing on power cables is to hide them out of reach. You can do this by using your furniture as a natural shield. Trail power cables that cross your room behind book shelves, cabinets and other furniture to prevent your cat from chews on them and electrocuting itself.

Stop your cat going behind your TV or stereo center

It can be dangerous If you cat has started making a nest in the area behind your TV. This out of site messy area can often contain a hub of power cords and extensions which can be incredible dangerous. It can often be simpler to block access to the whole area to ensure it is rather than try and cover the individual cables. Tactically place some ornaments in the way and keep it as tidy as possible.