Cat-Proof Your Home

Cat-Proof Your Home — The Easy Way!

Planning on bringing a new cat into your home and not sure how you should prepare? Knowing what to put away when you bring a new pet into your home is important to keep them safe, to keep valuables from being broken, and to keep the entire family happy.

Avoid poisonous plants

Cats like to chew on grass and plants, but some of them are irritating, dangerous and even deadly to cats. Even non-poisonous plants can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Keep dangerous plants out of reach or, better yet, don’t have them in the house. If your cat likes green stuff, purchase or grow your own cat grass.

Lock up cleaning supplies

Put child-proof latches on your cabinets to keep your cat from licking, chewing, or eating cleaning products. They contain dangerous chemicals. (And if you’d rather not have your cat investigate your pots and pans, you may want to put latches on other cabinets, too.)

Be mindful of medicines

Keep all medications, both over-the-counter and prescription (human and animal), in a secure cabinet. Child-proof containers aren’t necessarily chew-proof. Be sure to pick up any dropped pills.

Safely stow fragile treasures

Pack away (or find a secure way of displaying) breakable objects. Cats love exploring, and they will jump on tables, cabinets, sideboards, and bookshelves.

They may accidentally knock over and break fragile items, then walk or chew on the broken pieces.

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Kitten-Proof Your Home!

Time to bring a new kitten home? It’s important to protect a new baby when they come home, especially a tiny kitten who is just learning her way in the world. Here are a few ways to cat-proof your home, to keep your new fur baby safe

Secure screens on all windows to help prevent falls, and keep your kitten off balconies, upper porches and high decks.

Keep toilet lids down. Small kittens may fall in and drown. Bigger kittens or even adult cats may play in the water and the lid could close, injuring or trapping them; also, toilet bowl cleansers are harmful if swallowed.

Store plastic bags where your kitten can’t get inside them and suffocate, or chew or tear them and swallow bits of plastic. If you let your kitten or cat play with any bag, even a paper grocery bag, be sure to cut the handles.

A kitten or cat can get tangled in the handle of a bag and become frightened. In trying to free himself he could be seriously injured.

Never give your kitten any medication without first consulting your veterinarian. Among the drugs dangerous to kittens are aspirin and the aspirin substitute acetaminophen, diet pills, sleeping pills and tranquilizers.

Make sure these and any other medications labeled “keep out of reach of children” are kept out of reach of your kitten as well.

Kittens love to explore and sleep in warm, dark places, so keep dresser drawers, trunks and closets closed. Check to see where your kitten is before closing the door of the refrigerator, dishwasher, trash compactor, oven, washer, or clothes dryer.

Also, before leaving home, always conduct a “kitten check” to make sure that your kitten has not been accidentally locked in a closet or an empty room.

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How did you cat-proof your home when you got your cat?

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