How to prevent cats from biting through electric wires2 May, 2007
Here are some photos of cabling/wiring before and after they were tidied up:
Neat, isn’t it?
And it’s a good safety measure if you have curious cats. All it takes is for a cat to decide it wants to sample a wire for the cat to be electrocuted. It’s usually fatal. I’ve heard of a kitten that did just that – bit straight through a TV cable. The owners were distraught.
Accidents don’t just happen and it only takes minutes to make sure your cat or kitten won’t bite through wires by mistake.
(And another reason why I was so anxious to tidy up the cabling is my Bengal girl had started sampling one of the electric wires – there were actually teeth indentations on the wire which really freaked me out)
Any excess cabling can be wound round a product called cable coil. Any remaining dangly bits can then be bunched (up to 3 wires) and wrapped up in a cable tidy (the thing that looks like spiral binding used on a document). It looks fiddly, but it isn’t. The first time I tried the cable tidy, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use and what amazing results I got. And both cable coil and cable tidy don’t cost the earth if you buy them from e-bay. Mind you, if you do source your cable tidy from e-bay, compare products – what seems cheap is probably for a shorter length.
(one caveat: if you do unplug your ADSL connection in your bid to tidy-up the cabling, be very careful when re-connecting it. I don’t know what I did, but I’ve managed to lose my ADSL connection and damage the router – I’m a source of amusement to my tecchie friends! It was an old BT frog-type router which BT conveniently don’t support any more. 2 x 40 min phone calls to BT later, and the advice we got was: “go to PC World and buy a new router”. )