Kitty Proofing Your Home
5 March, 2014

When you decide to adopt a new kitten or two and you are new to the experience, it can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.  However, not to worry… kittens and cats are relatively low maintenance pets that need love, the right supplies, and food.  And, litter training is relatively easy and a natural for our feline friends.  Yet, what you might not be prepared for is the need to kitty-proof your home.

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.

Designate a room or separate are in your home for your 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 breakable items

Put away any breakable treasures that can be accessible to your cat. 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.

Kittens love to explore your furniture and drapes

Kittens 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

Kittens’ insatiable curiosity often leads them to one of the most dangerously tempting objects in the house: electrical cords. 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.

Pest Poisons

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.

Small items to consider

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.

Even if you miss something, there is always time to see what your kitten finds desirable.  But, it is always better to be on the cautious side as our kitties are very curious creatures.

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