When you come home with a new cat, it goes without saying that you want to make everything as safe as possible. Here are a few tips on indoor cat safety:
Many common household objects are highly toxic even in low quantities:
- Coins (high concentration of zinc)
- Mothballs (naphthalene or paradicholorbezine)
- Potpourri oils, fabric softener sheets, automatic dish detergents (cationic detergents which cause corrosive lesions)
- Batteries (acids or alkali which cause corrosive lesions)
- Home-made play dough (high level of salt)
- Hand or foot warmers (high levels of iron)
- Cigarettes, leftover coffee grounds, alcohol
- Chocolate (contains theombromine, a toxin in your cat's system that can't be eliminated).
- Keep your cat away from any cleaning agents. These contain a range of dangerous properties, which could harm your cat. One teaspoon of anti-freeze for example, can kill a 3.5 kilogram cat because of the ethylene glycol it contains.
- If you use any type of vermin bait, such as rat baits or cockroach traps, put them in areas that are inaccessible to your cat. It’s a good idea to check if anyone in your neighbourhood is using them as well. Most baits contain sweet-smelling poisonous ingredients that cats find attractive.
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Cat-proofing your home
Cats, particularly kittens, love to explore objects by touching, chewing and tasting them. Protect your pet from swallowing hazardous household items.
- Get covered rubbish bins for your kitchen and bathroom.
- Keep kitchen countertops clear to make them less tempting.
- Store household chemicals and poisons in a locked cabinet.
- Keep toilet lids down, so your cat can’t fall in.
- Keep electrical cords and wires out of sight, secured to the wall or tucked behind furniture.
- Shorten dangling blind and curtain cords and secure them out of reach.
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