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A recent survey conducted by SquareTrade found that 10 percent of pets are more likely to chomp on electronics than chew toys. So much for buying that new squeaky toy!
The old classic excuse of “My dog ate my tablet” for having no homework to turn in may, in fact, be a legitimate excuse, a recent study reveals. Roughly 10 percent of dogs and cats are guilty of gnawing away at their owner’s gizmos and gadgets – and especially power cords.
SquareTrade is a San Francisco, California-based company that provides extended warranties for electronic devices. SquareTrade reported receiving repair requests by the busload for animal-related damage on electronics. That gave them the idea for a survey. Just how many pets were guilty of damaging electronics and (more importantly) why?
SquareTrade partnered with Survey Sampling International and surveyed more than 1,000 pet owners who owned cats and dogs. The results were alarming. Pets destroy an unimaginable amount of electronics that include mobile tablets, cellular phones, laptops, and more. Cell phones were actually the most popular device of choice, at roughly 30 percent. What was more startling, however, was the reason why.
Whilst still only theory at this point, jealousy may the number one reason that pets devour electronic devices. Approximately 25 percent of study participants that reported pet-related device damage said they were using the device at the time of the attack. Teething also plays a factor, as teething puppies were three times more likely to chew on gadgets than dogs one year old and older.
SquareTrade released recommendations to pet owners that may reduce the risk of pets chomping on devices. For starters, the company suggests giving pets lots of exercise. Pets that are known to chew up household items are often bored and have pent-up energy to burn. Giving them regular exercise will help redirect that energy healthfully SquareTrade said.
Other suggestions include hiding devices or placing them in areas that pets cannot reach. Cats are prone to attack any moving objects, particularly cables. If a charging cable is left dangling about, a cat may very well think it’s a new toy.
SquareTrade and veterinarians alike would agree that pets who receive sufficient exercise, a healthy diet and love are less likely to misbehave than others. Pet owners who find their pets misbehaving may speak to a veterinarian for advice on curbing this behavior.