The wire looms serve three functions:
- To make the small wires appear bigger so they are no longer "bite sized"
- To protect the wires and the boys in the event that they start chewing
- To combine several small wires into one big tube, hence reducing the number of tempting chew toys
I'm not the only person to consider wire looms as a solution to wire chewing by pets. Here's a great page by a rabbit owner with simlar chewing problems. Nevertheless, here's a cat owner who claims that wire looms are dangerous and cause cancer, because the looms are plastic and plastic is carcinogenic if swallowed. The looms I have installed were barely touched, though a few were chewed on once or twice. I also spray all the wires -- loomed and not -- with bitter apple spray and that works to an extent, but it's not fool-proof and has to be reapplied to every inch of wire on a regular basis.
The fact is that the boys want to chew the thinest possible wires so making them thicker by looming them seems to be a good strategy in my view. Also, the danger of possible future cancer is less than the danger of immediate execution should they manage to open up a power cord. However, another possiblity is to get metal looms, like those used in car engines, but metal looms are extremely expensive and hard to cut to length.
What do you think? Am I doing the right thing or making it worse?