How to Cat Proof Your Home
4 August, 2015
When you decide bring (adopt!) a new cat or kitten home, the first and most important task that needs to be done is to cat proof your home. If you already have a kitten or cat, you probably know the drill and are prepared. However, if this is your first cat or kitten, there are some things you should consider adjusting in your home to make your home cat-safe! It’s not that different than child-proofing your home for an infant that is crawling or starting to walk.
It’s actually pretty basic, but better to be overly cautious and think of what your cat might want to eat or play with that isn’t safe and get it out of his or her sight! Simply take a look around your home and think of what might be potential safety hazards for your kitten or cat. Exposed wires and plugs or opened cabinets where you keep cleaning supplies can be a potential hazard to our cats which they might want to explore.
First you need to figure out a separate room or area for your new cat or kitten
When you first bring your kitten home, designate a safe or separate room for your kitten to stay. Put your kitty’s food dish, litter box, toys, scratching post and bed in it. This will provide your new kitty or cat a place that does not seem overwhelming from the start. Once your kitten or adult cat has had a chance to get used to other room, it will be time to let him explore the rest of your happily cat-proofed home. It will be less overwhelming for you and your kitty.
Put away anything valuable or breakable
Put away any breakable items that can be accessible to your cat so they don’t hurt themselves and you aren’t left with a broken favorite dish, namesake or other item. Remember that kittens and even adult cats can jump onto shelves and counters so put yourself into the mind of the cat, and look around and remove anything you value. You could put it on top of a high dresser or cabinet where your cat does not have access to. But, cats are notorious jumpers so don’t be surprised if they can reach some breakables.
Your furniture and drapes are very attractive to cats
Kittens and some cats will climb on your furniture and attack your drapes. You might think about covering your cloth furniture with a purchased cover, or even with a blanket or bedspread. Drapes should be confined to off-limit rooms as our kittens love to jump all over them with their claws. Kittens will love to play with the cords from hanging blinds and they can get tangled up in them. Try to anchor the cords firmly or tie them up out of reach.
Electrical and phone cords are harmful and appealing to our kitties
Our cats’ curious nature often leads them to one of the most dangerously tempting objects in the house: electrical cords and outlets. Computers are a particular hazard with their numerous cords dangling temptingly. Try to invest in a cord management system or tape the cords together and fasten them out of reach. Do the same with long phone cords. You can also try some non-toxic sprays at pet stores that are a deterrent for your kitties to bite the cords.
Remove any pesticides or mouse traps from visibility
Remove any ant or roach or even mouse traps from accessible areas. If your cat will be an indoor-outdoor pet, make sure that your lawn doesn’t have any ant or snail bait. If you have a pesticide service, make sure they use only animal-safe products, and keep your cat indoors on the day they are spraying.
Rubber bands, paper clips, pencils can even excite a new cat
Rubber bands, paper clips, thumb tacks, even pointy pencils can be harmful to your kitties. Put them away in containers and/or out of reach for your kitty. Think of your kitty as a little infant that wants to get into anything and everything… those tempting or potentially harmful items should be put away. Every kitty is different and has different likes and/or temptations. As you watch your new kitty and cat, you will find out what those might be.