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Cables and cats and chewing, oh my!

Some ideas for safeguarding your cables from inquisitive kitties.

Iris the Destroyer
Iris the Destroyer really likes those chewy Dell laptop AC adapter cables. Lori Grunin/CNET

As the opposable-thumb-sporting meal ticket for Iris the Destroyer, a cat for whom a Panasonic Toughbook wasn't quite tough enough, I've given a lot of thought to the cat-proofing of consumer electronics. She's especially fond of those delightfully chewy Dell laptop AC adapter cables--not the cheap electrical cord half, but the pricey side hardwired to the brick. I know I'm not alone. My friends' cat Flossie recently ate her way through their sons' HP adapter wire.

The safety concerns seem to be minimal. It looks like when the minute the insulation is breached, the power cuts off, saving the cat from a--some might say well-deserved--jolt. However, that means that the seemingly tiniest, most insignificant little puncture trashes your $60 power source.

DIY cat-friendly charging station
DIY cat-friendly charging station Moderncat

This all came to mind today when I saw the latest entry in the fun Moderncat blog for a do-it-yourself device-charging station and cat bed. As a solution, it's an interesting idea; while it doesn't keep the wires away from the kitty (they run outside to the outlet), it does keep the extra-yummy end where the connector meets the wire in a reinforced bendy section away from sharp teeth.

These days, I use a much uglier but functional solution: the Cable Zipper. Plus, I stash my laptop in a cat-inaccessible location. It's not optimal, but she hasn't got her teeth into my adapter since I started.

The odd thing, though, is that she doesn't seem to crave other types of cables, like the easily replaced mini USB versions I have everywhere, or plain-old power cords. Are laptop manufacturers putting catnip in there or something?

I'm always on the lookout for ideas on keeping cats and cables safe. Do you have any foolproof methods you'd like to share?