Cats and headphones

We have a new kitten named Abby whom we love very much but who has turned out to be quite precocious. And she likes to chew things.

I thought this was fine (cute, really) but I noticed today that my headphones were only coming in on one side. Hmm, weird. Hey, what’s this gash in the cord with teeth marks all around it??

Abby!!!!! <Abby makes cute trilling sound>

These headphones are Sony MDR7506s — really nice btw, with a nice long cord. They cost $99, so I really wanted to fix them, not buy a new set just because the cord went bad. I found the service manual online and got the parts number for the cord. I also found the number for the Sony Professional service number. The original part 158079221 would have been $44.95, but it’s no longer available. It forwarded to a new part number 158079213, which costs $82.12. This is a “cord (with plug)”. Isn’t that crazy?

4 thoughts on “Cats and headphones

  1. anonymous

    Start hiding your headphones, I went through 6 headphones in a few months before I finally started putting my headphones in a drawer whenever not in use. Now if I can just get my cat to stop eating through shoe laces.

  2. pavelmachek

    …time to learn how to deal with it?

    Replacing headphone cord is one of those easy starter tasks, and soldering iron skills are really valuable when dealing with electronics…

    Or take them to nearest electronics repair shop, I bet they can repair that for $3 or so…

  3. valhenson

    A similar cat is the reason I bought a soldering iron. I found that my (adult and never going to grow out of it) cat finds cords that are hanging vertically in space to be especially delicious, and arranging them so they don’t do that helps a lot. Also I have a lot of wireless devices. 🙂

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