Everyone attributes romping and playing and getting into things to kittens. Being an owner of cats for many years, I can attest to the fact that full-grown cats can be just as mischievous and nosy. If you’ve decided to add a furry feline to your family, then you need to learn how to cat proof your home!
The Two Reasons Why You Need to Cat Proof Your Home
There are two main reasons why you need to cat proof your home: 1) To protect your new cat from getting injured, and 2) To protect items in your home from getting damaged as well. Cats are like human toddlers. They like to climb and investigate every nook and cranny in a house. It can be hilarious to see a cat hanging off the bottom of a hanging plant holder, (a favorite pastime of my cat Jasmine.) But, antics like these can lead to unexpected trips to the vet’s office for treatments of injuries. Obviously you can’t clear everything out to cat proof your home. But there are certain precautions you can take to make kitty’s home safer… and keep your abode safe from kitty at the same time.
Look Around Your House for Potential “Cat Hazards”
You can take a look around the rooms and find obvious potential “cat hazards.” Examples of these include unplugged electrical cords hanging down in their reach, cords that are plugged into outlets that dangle, lit candles and sharp objects like knives, just to name a few examples. Cats like to jump at and bat and pull on items that hang down. This can lead to pulling a lamp or appliance down onto them. (I had a cat named “Heidi” who pulled a toaster down. Fortunately she survived the incident, but she suffered a permanent neck injury from it.)
Some cats love to chew on dangling electrical cords. You may need to tape them up or cover them with a protective plastic tubing (check your local home supply store) so your cat can’t chew into them and get electrocuted.
Remove Hidden, Less Obvious Dangers to Your Cat
Some “cat hazards” are obvious, but, what about other dangerous items you may not think about? Certain houseplants such as Diffenbachia and Poinsettias are poisonous to cats. If you have plants like these, you’ll need to replace them with non-toxic plants. Or, you can place them in hanging plant holders or relocate them to high shelves your cat can’t reach.
Another peril you may not think about when you cat proof your home are trash cans that contain small poultry bones. Cats love to chew on them. Little do they realize that bones like these can easily get stuck in their throats.
And finally, to cat proof your home, make sure you take a look around every day for dangers that can injure your feline friend. If you watch him/her, you’ll see items around your house they prefer to play with, whether it’s safe for them or not. Provide your cat with plenty of toys, and s/he will be less likely to try and find something else to amuse themselves with!