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Old 10th August 2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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I remember reading a claim on a forum (I think this one) that cat's can detect high voltage fields through their whiskers. Does anyone have any evidence to suggest this claim is factually based or mere myth. Reference to any published scientific papers would be most appreciated.

The main reason that I ask is that my friendly feline delights in taunting me by chewing through cables with various degrees of success; however they are always ones which carry low voltages - to date, two ipad charger outputs, one laptop charger output, two interconnects and a speaker cable.

To date he hasn't touched a live 240 AC cable, even if relatively thin and flimsy.

Thoughts?
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Old 10th August 2013, 09:53 AM   #2
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Old 10th August 2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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Well, it got your attention .......
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Wrap some LV around the HV. Mabye they take the bait.
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Wrap some LV around the HV. Mabye they take the bait.

I'm going to report you 'upstairs' !
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My cat has taken to chewing cords lately. She never did it until one night I was sitting here,and the left channel in my headphones went dead.."What the..?" She had chewed through the cord for the left channel. I get out the heat shrink,fire up the soldering iron,and get it repaired.
Sit back down,about 30 seconds later the right channel goes out,she's back,and chewed through that one now.
ARGH!
She's lucky she's cute. Such a pest.
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. They are smarter than you think. They crave electrons, but not too many at a time.
Pano, I think you might be onto something. He may be trying to replace the electrons I deplete from his coat every time i brush him, rendering him in in a cationic state.

Could be that the best solution is to place a negative ion generator close to all battery chargers and audio equipment.
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My cat has taken to chewing cords lately
Maybe we should just give up brushing them.
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