The cord was created out of one simple reason: The desire for a solution that, quite simply, was not available.
The Inventor's family cat, Mumba, was a fanatical chewer; attacking any exposed cords with reckless abandon. Mumba did not discriminate. Trying every available option on the market at the time, nothing would abate the cat's appetite for cord chewing.
Understanding the problem was not just aggravating and expensive, but also quite possible a health risk for Mumba and a fire hazard for the family. This was an issue that REQUIRED a solution.
After months of trial-and-error, with collaborative efforts, a successful solution was created. The inventor shared the solution with friends who were facing the same issues... with beaming response. The CritterCord was born. Now, pet owners around the world are able to purchase the innovative solution to help protect their pets, CritterCord.
"I am thankful to have found CritterCord since I have a young cat, Tango, which has chewed through a lamp cord once. Thankfully he is ok after that experience, but that incident left me in a bit of a panic. Even though I'm a veterinarian, I didn't know how to keep him from chewing cords again. Cats that have pica (a condition in which they chew inedible objects) seem to have certain texture preferences. I had already taken Tango to a veterinary behaviorist for chewing and ingesting fabric, when the cord chewing started. Despite trying various dietary changes, increasing the amount of play time, and starting him on behavior-modifying medications, he still eats fabric, even though he doesn't feel well afterward sometimes. Now with CritterCord, I at least have peace of mind knowing he's not going to electrocute himself. The combination of the cord cover and the citrus sent as deterrent seems to be as catproof as anything could be. It works for Tango. Now, I'm spreading the news about CirtterCord to all of my clients who have pets that might chew cords."
Terry Allen, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
"Thank you so much! The cords are great, and they really do work. My cat has been chewing through all of my cords, and nothing was deterring her before. Thank you so much."
"As a matter of fact, I need to place another order! My Chihuahua has not gone near the Crittercord, but chewed on the one cord that was not covered by CritterCord (outside on our fountain) but luckily it was not plugged in like the last cord she was burned with."
"Just to let you know, I did get the CritterCord, and it works beautifully! Jazz will not even go near the cords now...I will be coming back again soon...have family & friends that are interested in this too. Thank you very much!"
"Quick note... arrived today. Works beautifully!!!! My wife and I have two laptop computers and a new puppy. The puppy was constantly gnawing at the cords and the CirtterCord eliminated the problem...saved the computer and saved the puppy! Thanks much!!"
"Just ask Meg!(small animals foster "mom" and resident small animal experts): "Wow! What an incredible tool for bunnies that chew! I put this in a very enticing place where the same rabbit who chewed through my TV's power strip and phone cord hangs out and I couldn't believe it! She never came near it. I would even go so far as to say she avoided it. I'm not sure how they did it but this cord cover works great!"
Wisconsin Humane Society
"Cords arrived today...thanks...hopefully, my wife will now forgive the rabbit for knocking out the phone and most of the light in the house!"
CritterCord Frequently Asked Questions
What is CritterCord?
CritterCord brand cord protectors are designed to protect your pet from dangerous electrical cords. CritterCord citrus infused protective tubing deters household pets from approaching protected cords, and the heavy gauge protects even persistent chewers. The citrus scent is infused into the product and therefore won't wipe or rub away. And because CritterCord brand cord protectors are virtually invisible, they won't disrupt your home decor.
CritterCord is made from medical grade tubing and the infused citrus scent is non-toxic. A MSDS is available upon written request.
Why does my pet chew cords?
Thousand of pets across the globe (including cats, dogs and ferrets to name a few) have a condition know as "pica". Picas is the act of eating non-food items. In less serious cases, pets may chew or such on objects, but not actually swallow them. Common targets include yarn or string, fabric, wool, phone or electrical cords, and plants. However, any object may be a potential target.
No one knows exactly why some pets exhibit pica type behavior. It has been speculated that pets that were weaned too early can develop pica behavior. A genetic component is also suspected, and because pica has been associated with a variety of disease including feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, a veterinarian should examine any pet with pica. Although it is normal for many pets to eat small amount of grass, consumption of large amounts of plant material may be an indication of a dietary deficiency or illness. Once medical causes are ruled out, behavioral reasons for pica can include boredom, attention-seeking, attractive odors, hunger, and learned behavior.
Rabbits and bunnies chew for another reason... because they have to. Rabbits teeth continue to grow, so they must chew to keep them at their right length. There are several theories as to why rabbits are specifically attracted to phone cords, antenna cords, cable TV cords, lamp cords, etc. One theory is that they are attracted by the vibration from the electricity. Another theory is that the electricity makes a noise that is audible to the rabbit. Or, could it be the plastic that encloses the electrical might taste good? Who's to know. Whatever the reason, it's simply not safe to leave a rabbit alone in a non-rabbit-proofed room. Providing your bunny with lots of suitable chew toys will reduce his desire to chew on your electrical cords, and covering the cord with CritterCord will provide an additional line of defense. Bunnies have a very keen sense of smell, so the citrus scent of CritterCord can make the critical difference!
Why is wire chewing dangerous?
Pets that chew on power cords can not only destroy the cords and equipment, but risk being electrocuted, and potentially starting a fire in the home. Non-electric items also pose danger, as ingested fabric, string, or other materials can lodge in your pet's stomach or intestine. The blockage prevents the passage of food and may cut off the blood supply to these organs. Both are life-threatening conditions. Additionally, many common house plants are toxic to pets; chewing or eating them can cause a wide range of symptoms from drooling to death. If your pet has a history of ingesting non-food items and becomes lethargic, vomits, or display other concerning behavior, take them to your veterinarian immediately.
How can I protect my pet?
Additional measures you can take include:
The most immediate danger to pets is the potential of electrocution from power cords. Pets chew. We don't always know why. But we do want to help protect them. That's why we've developed CritterCord, specially designed to discourage most pets from dangerous and destructive cord chewing.
- Remove the items your pet is targeting, which can also include clothing, blankets and house plants.
- Provide alternative items to chew or eat. Food-dispensing toys, durable pet toys, or piece of rawhide can be used to redirect your pet's chewing behavior to more appropriate and safe items.
- Provide lots of structured play. Many pets chew on household items out of boredom. Provide interactive toys and set aside time each day to lay with your pet.
- Consult with a veterinary behaviorist. If your pet continues to chew or ingest non-food items, referral to a veterinary behaviorist is recommended. Further environmental and behavior modification plans specifically tailored to your pet may be needed, in some cases, medication may be helpful.