How Can I Protect My Gadgets from Pets?
I have a couple pets, and it seems like they're always chewing on my cables, the dog's fur gets in my computer case, and the cat's always scratching my brand new Aeron computer chair. Is there anything I can do to protect my gadgets?
Dear BM, We're no strangers to the perils of pet ownership. Like tiny, hairy children with teeth, pets are capable of destroying your expensive gadgets in a matter of seconds. While you can buy all sorts of expensive junk at the pet store, most of the pet-proofing gear can be made on your own. Here are a few tips to keep your stuff safe and safe some money.
Protect Your Cables and Chargers
Any owner of a new puppy or kitten knows that the first thing they usually go for is cables. For whatever reason, young animals tend to love to chew on cables. That not only means they might end up electrocuting themselves, but they're destroying your gadgets in the process.
Unfortunately, the solution to stopping your animals from chewing on cords is a bit of trial and error. All animals are different, so it's best to just try a few cheap solutions. One trick is to wrap the cords in cheap split loom tubing
Otherwise, you can try covering your cables in something gross tasting for a couple weeks until your pets quit trying to kill themselves. Readers suggestions include hot sauce
Get Hair Out of Your Gadgets
The grossest part about pet ownership is the amount of hair that accumulates over time. This is multiplied tenfold in the summer, and it seems like a non-stop war.
Unless you want to shave your pet, there's not much you can do to prevent hair from getting into your gadgets, so you want to come up with a cleaning schedule
Brushing your pet's hair often is helpful too, and keeping a lint roller around will at least keep things from getting too out of hand. Otherwise, it's all about vacuuming or sweeping up that hair as often as you can.
Likewise, you want to clean out the inside of your computer as well. Canned air is the old go-to, but dryer sheets work as well
Keep Pets Off Counters, Desks, and Anywhere Else
Finally, you're going to want to keep your pets off any desks, counters, or anywhere else you're keeping your tech. This is obviously pretty easy with dogs most of the time, but cats are a different story.
The most common method to keep animals off your stuff is with double-sided tape
It's not a fun process guarding your gadgets from you pets, but it's doable. It's also not hard, and when you're done with the initial setup you'll be good to go for a long while.