How do you make your home safe for your new cat? Learn how to cat-proof your home so that it’s ready for your furry friend!
You probably can’t wait to bring your new cat home. But first, you have to prepare. Read this article to learn how to cat-proof your home.
Keep All Toxic Dangers Far Away
Some cats have a way of getting into things they shouldn’t. You can avoid that trouble by keeping the following toxic dangers out of reach.
Cleaners And Other Chemicals
Store all chemicals, such as cleaners and antifreeze, where your furry friend can’t reach them. And be mindful of what you are using to clean your home.
The worst cleaners to have around cats are pine-based products. These cleaners could possibly damage your cat’s liver.
Some plants are toxic to cats. If you own a kitty-toxic plant, you should either get rid of it or keep it out of reach.
Here are just a few examples of cat-toxic plants:
- English Ivy
This list is far from exhaustive. Before bringing your cat home, research any plants you own to determine whether or not they are safe for your kitty.
Don’t keep your meds where your cat could get into them. If your cat consumes them, they might cause kidney or liver failure.
Limit What Your Cat Plays With
Playful kitties will make a toy out of anything. But you don’t want your cat playing with the following objects.
Cats love climbing, which is why your new cat might end up on your curtains. Don’t let your curtains go to shreds. Instead, block off access to them.
Or you could train your cat to stop climbing your curtains by using a deterrent, like commercial scents or aluminum foil.
Just be sure to provide another item for your cat to climb so that when you take the deterrent away, your cat doesn’t go back to climbing the curtains. A cat tower is a great alternative!
It’s all fun and games until your cat gets tangled in electrical cords. This can be a terrifying moment for your cat, causing panic that leads to injuries. Not to mention the risk of electrical shock!
That’s why you should cat-proof your home by hiding all cords in your house.
Small, Miscellaneous Items
Anything small that could be swallowed should be kept away from your cat. Many cats love playing with items like rubber bands, paper clips, needles, sewing thread, and drawing pins. Despite their small size, these items pose large risks to your cat.
Make Certain Areas And Objects Off Limits
As you cat-proof your home, you have to think about all the possible dangers in your house.
The following list includes household objects that need to be kept closed:
- Washing machine and dryer – If you don’t realize your cat is in one of these appliances, it could be fatal.
- Toilet lids – Inquisitive kitties might fall into the water!
- Trash and recycling cans – Your cat could find something dangerous to eat.
- Compost bins – Compost benefits your plants but might be toxic to your cat.
The responsibility of caring for a cat starts before bringing your new pet home. And one of the first steps is to cat-proof your home. Go ahead and get started now!
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