Re: chewed wires
While watching the voice or x-factor kind of show when they sing out of tune the ears of the cat go backwards.
We did have a rat once at work, the mice leave cables intact but the rat was testing the fiber optic patch cables under the computer floor. Chewed everywhere. Replaced it with a rodent proof one
a sturdier mantel with a couple of patch wires inside and made to length with a number of connectors.
Not even that expensive compared the couple of cables it replaced.