Is Grannick's Bitter Apple Safe for Cats?

by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Chewing isn't an activity that's just for the dogs.

    Chewing isn't an activity that's just for the dogs.

    Although you may associate chewing as being a mischievous puppy behavior, it definitely isn't unheard of in the feline species. Whether a cat chews out of boredom or as a compulsive habit, it can wreak havoc onto your home -- ugh. Thankfully, Bitter Apple is a totally safe anti-chewing solution.

    About Grannick's Bitter Apple

    Grannick's Bitter Apple is a spray that is designated specifically to prevent pets from chewing on inappropriate items, whether a book lying on your nightstand or a jacket hanging off a coat rack. Although the spray is commonly linked with canines, it is also made for cats, and therefore is 100 percent safe, according to the ASPCA. If you have a chewy dog, you can use the spray on both of them -- very cost effective.

    Taste

    Although Grannick's Bitter Apple is safe and harmless for your cat, that doesn't mean that she'll appreciate the taste -- and that's totally the point. The spray is supposed to have a foul taste that repels pets, whether canine or feline. Sometimes the spray is bitter like the name indicates, and sometimes it's piping hot -- yikes. One thing that the fluffy cuties have in common with most people is a general abhorrence of bitter food items.

    Safety

    Not only is Grannick's Bitter Apple totally safe for your pet, it also can keep her safe, too, whether she's a tiny kitten or a full-grown adult. According to the SPCA of North Virginia, Bitter Apply spray may be helpful in stopping your little one from chewing on dangerous electrical cords -- a major plus. By halting your cat's chewing on cords, the spray can keep some very potentially harmful consequences at bay -- think electrocution.

    Hot Sauce

    The Humane Society of the United States indicates that some cats may actually enjoy the flavoring of Bitter Apple, shocking enough. If the spray is safe and the feline actually enjoys the taste, then it no longer can serve its original purpose as a deterrent for your chew-happy pet. To remedy this dilemma, the Humane Society recommends another polarizing taste -- hot sauce. If you're lucky, the stuff will have your surprised kitty running away in one second flat.

    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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