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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Getting into cords

My little girl is just over a year old. She's occasionally gotten into my computers cords before, but only when I was sitting at the computer (I guess my presence was a sign it was time to play). Since I primarily use my laptop, it hasn't been much of an issue.

Lately, though, she's going after them all the time. She's also trying to get to the cords behind the TV, but I have those pretty well blocked off.

I've tried water in a spray bottle. I think she enjoys it. I've tried citrus sprays. The smell only deters her for maybe 30 minutes tops. She's batting the cords with her paws/claws, not chewing on them, so I don't think that anything bitter tasting would help. Those are the suggestions I was able to find online.

I'm getting so frustrated. Yesterday I just lost it and yelled at her, which I never do, and she hissed at me. She's never done that before. She was over it 10 minutes later but I still feel like a jerk. It's not her fault. She's just being a cat. But I don't want her to get hurt, and I can't afford to replace any of the equipment if she breaks something. I just don't know what else to try.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 06:14 PM
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You might try Ssscat! It's a motion-detector spray. Worked for my cats to keep them off the kitchen counters or other areas.

Pets stores and Amazon.com carry it, and prices vary, so shop around.

Ssscat Automated Cat Deterrent - Repellents - Cat - PetSmart
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 06:16 PM
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I put baby cord protectors over some of my wires. You can find them at babies r us or online.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 04:51 PM
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Could also be that she's not getting enough of an outlet for her energies. Might be trying to get your attention or need to wear her out with some interactive playtime.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 05:07 PM
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I was concerned about that when Midnight, the wild cat, first started staying in the garage during blizzards and -30 degree weather. The cords for his water dish and the heater have wire covers but he has expressed no interest in anything else in the garage. Cord protectors probably good insurance.
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