A major hazard for cats in the home is burns to the mouth from biting line cords. One possible outcome is outright death. If not, the damage may be too much for the cat to survive. The damage results from an arc across the mouth. This can result in major burns to the gums and the tongue. We have a kitten of about 5 months that chomped a lamp cord. He did not show symptoms until the burns infected. While we got him to the vet and the infection is under control, the cat does not look likely to live. Besides hard to see damage in the mouth (at least 1/3rd of the tongue is gone), the poor little guy has an enormous bloat in his midsection. We are able to use a big syringe to squirt liquefied food into his mouth, but he is not getting better. We are taking him back to the vet, but do not expect good news. If you have a cat, be sure to create an aversive reaction to dangling line cords.