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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 1:21 pm 
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I'm working on Bengal-kitten-proofing my house. One area that I haven't figured out is the best way to chew-proof the power cords. Any tips?


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 3:43 pm 
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Amazon sells several options if you just search "critter cords" or "pet safe cord protectors." Or just google "cord covers pet chewing." I know you will find something that will work.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 5:21 pm 
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My bengals were terrible about biting cords, so I had to solve that in a hurry. I did two things:

1. prevented them from biting through cords by using ridged cord covers.

These aren't the exact ones I used, but similar:
https://www.cabletiesandmore.com/black- ... LDEALw_wcB

2. I sprayed cables/cords with bitter yuck. That way they had a real unpleasant experience if they put their mouth on a cable or cord.

Thankfully that did it. After a few months of that, they lost their desire to mess with cables, and now I've been able to remove the cable covers and not worry about it.

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 11:00 am 
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Thanks! I'll get some of those!


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 11:26 am 
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As always, Brian to the rescue! Not all kittens like chewing cords, but it is always nice to be prepared.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 4:21 pm 
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Sherry wrote:
As always, Brian to the rescue! Not all kittens like chewing cords, but it is always nice to be prepared.


Nah, actually I was thinking of even deleting my post (but it was too late) because your advice was the right one. I looked up those critter cords and they give you both the cord protection and the deterrent (smell/taste) in one convenient package. I don’t believe those existed 7 years ago when I got my bengals. If I were doing it again now, I’d at least try those and maybe get some spray to “top it off” as necessary.

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 4:38 pm 
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I hope that they don't chew the cords! I've never actually had a kitten that chewed cords badly - but I know people who have. I just figured that since I was going all out trying to kitten-proof my house, I'd add that into the mix. :wink: Probably over-preparing, lol.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 8:02 pm 
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Anonyz wrote:
I hope that they don't chew the cords! I've never actually had a kitten that chewed cords badly - but I know people who have. I just figured that since I was going all out trying to kitten-proof my house, I'd add that into the mix. :wink: Probably over-preparing, lol.


One type of cords that bengals seem to devour are those white apple power cords (the real expensive ones). And of course those are also particularly dangerous too. I've heard a lot of bengal owners say the same thing here, so if you have a MacBook, or any apple product that uses those heavy, white, power cords, that'd be the first thing I'd protect!

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:56 am 
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:eek: I really, really appreciate that advice! I do have apple cords, so will make protecting them my first cord priority!


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 11:26 am 
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brianj12 wrote:
Anonyz wrote:
I hope that they don't chew the cords! I've never actually had a kitten that chewed cords badly - but I know people who have. I just figured that since I was going all out trying to kitten-proof my house, I'd add that into the mix. :wink: Probably over-preparing, lol.


One type of cords that bengals seem to devour are those white apple power cords (the real expensive ones). And of course those are also particularly dangerous too. I've heard a lot of bengal owners say the same thing here, so if you have a MacBook, or any apple product that uses those heavy, white, power cords, that'd be the first thing I'd protect!


Two Apple power cords have been destroyed by my two boys. 90 euros to replace them, not funny. I covered the new charger with duct tape and am always hiding it now. I'm not sure what the appeal is but they come running when they see this cord out. I just caught Linus who had somehow sneaked behind the laptop I am typing on now, nibbling on the cord again :rolleyes:

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 12:23 pm 
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Yep and Apple headphones too. My nephew found out the hard way - didn't pack away his headphones and couldn't figure out the next day why he could only hear music out of one side! Bryan had merrily chewed away on his earbuds overnight.
Crappy Aunty Trace had no sympathy.......


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 3:08 pm 
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I have a slew of Apple cords throughout my house and neither cat is even interested in them. However, mine are far from being kittens.

Brian, you are a hoot! Never delete one of your posts!!! You offer such a unique perspective on bengals and I can't imagine this forum without you.


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