Creative Ways to Protect Your Cables from Household Pets

Stop the Chomping of Important Wires!

BY: Shane Weaver

alligator chomping on cables

This may come as a surprise to anyone who hasn't thought of it for more than two seconds, but your household cables and household pets are a potentially dangerous combination. This article will help you keep the interaction between your wires and your domesticated animals to a minimum. There are few things worse than your pet alligator chomping through your cables. Like realizing you don't actually have a pet alligator.

dog eyeing pile of cables

Keep Wires Out of Reach

If your pets and wires both spend most of their time on the floor, there's more opportunity for Fluffy's little needle-teeth to chew through your beloved cables. Obviously, one or the other has to get off the floor, and I don't think Fluffy fancies being duct taped to the wall. Seriously, it's cruel. Cables, on the other hand, don't have feelings (that we know of yet, anyway). So, one option that won't get the ASPCA called on you is to use adhesive-backed cord clips for attaching your wires to furniture or wall surfaces. These are available in different sizes and are ideal for phone cords, lamp cords, and even computer cords.
For hiding wires in your office at home, use a concealed surge protector or cable box to keep your wires from becoming a distraction to your pets. It not only keeps your delicious, tempting wires and plugs away from your chomp-happy animals, but it looks nice and neat as an added bonus.
You can also shield your wires in tubing or conduit to deflect your pets' eager jaws, though if your cables are too large for these products, you might consider using a raceway. The raceway is easy to install and looks very professional.

Additionally, if your pets are small and not good at jumping, a cable tray may be a good way to keep wires out of reach.

cat pawing at cable fish

Avoid Exposing Long Wire to Your Pet

For hiding excess wires coming from your phone, computer mouse, or even dangling from your window blinds, use a Cable Turtle. Then you can laugh and tell your friends how your turtle is protecting your wires from your turtle, if you have a turtle. And then they'll roll their eyes, and then you'll realize they don't exist, because if you're the kind of person who just allows a turtle to roam loose in your house, I can't imagine you get many visitors. Seriously though, turtles (of the cable variety) provide protection for your wires from your cat or dog by letting you tuck the wires away neatly in a shell (hence the name…GET IT?). The product is available in different sizes and various colors, much like actual turtles.

A Cable Winder is another good product that will shorten and hide wires so your curious kitty won't swat or nibble on them. Just avoid this Cable Fish in this particular instance, as it may send the wrong message.

cat hanging in cables while dog has cables in mouth

Eliminating the Problem of Pets Chewing on Wires

If you can't get your cables off the ground in a tray or clip, and you can't wind it in a turtle or winder, there are numerous products on the market today that are made for covering household wires to keep your pet from chewing on them. Split wire loom is an inexpensive and convenient way to protect your cables from unwanted chompers.
If you have no other choice but to run a wire across a floor in the open, there are cord covers for hiding and protecting wires from your cat or dog. These covers will not only keep your pet from chewing on your wires, but will also keep your floors safe and clear from any tripping hazards.

Cover any wires that are accessible to your small pet with spiral cable wrap. The wrap will keep your wires tightly bundled and also protect them from any pet munching.

protect your holiday tree

Keep Pets Safe During Holidays

Cord protectors are especially important during the Holidays, when unfamiliar wires and a flurry of activity can make for a dangerous mixture for your little critters. Don't have any dangling light wires or extension cords in sensitive areas (under the tree, for example). Bind these with cord clips and attach them to the wall, or to something sturdy so your pet can't paw at them or chew on them.


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