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Does anyone know the psychological reasons why cats chew on wires?

Does anyone know the psychological reasons why cats chew on wires?
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Because they're there.

Maybe they look like mouse tails?

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I would love to know what they are thinking about too! Salem has given my cell phone charger a few good kitty teeth holes lol!
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Good question! I wondered about this for years, too. Then it dawned on me earlier this year, when I first saw a cat give birth and chew the umbilical cord. I think they're instinctively trying to cut the cord.

Timely question for me, too. A cat chomped my mouse cord in two yesterday morning, so I bought a new wireless mouse (which goes in a drawer when I'm not using it, so it doesn't become a hockey puck).
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 01:26 PM
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Because they can? I've had a number of "wire chewers" over the years. I think it starts out when they're teething as kittens. They find it feels good and then they just keep doing it, and it becomes an obsession. You can buy "wire covers" to protect them, or spray them with vinegar or "Bitter Apple" (available at pet stores). The danger is having them chew off pieces and then swallow them, which may perforate their intestines. My girl doesn't chew wires but her obsession is shoe laces! I had to buy sneakers with velcro tabs or elastic. She's never outgrown her obsession and got locked in hubby's closet by accident the other day, and yep chewed his shoelaces. Now I have to watch for signs of a blockage! (groan!)

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Wires. Yes, Miu prefers the thin type of wires and has chewed up a number of them that were attached to various electronic devices that have been rendered useless. Oh well. We love her anyways.
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Mow's obsessed with the laptop cord. He's always grabbing at it and biting it. I worry about him electricuting himself though and shoo him away all the time.

I keep picturing the scene from the Chevy Chase movie "Christmas Vacation" where the cat fries itself on the christmas lights cord.
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I think they probably start chewing out of curiosity or boredom, and continue because they like the sensation of puncturing the outer part of the wire with their teeth. Think about it, most kitties eat soft food or kibble which gets swallowed without much chewing. They probably enjoy chewing on something with more resistance.

We give Gracie drinking straws to munch on (I checked, they are not made of that nasty plastic with BPA in it), and she will methodically chomp on a straw from one end to the other, making tons of punctures...She seems to get the same pleasure chewing straws as she does chewing on the little bones in the raw quails we give her.

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