It’s important to remember that your kitten will be naturally inquisitive and will set about exploring every corner of his or her new home. Learning how to cope with potential dangers is indeed part of ‘growing-up’, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect them from silly mistakes. A household is full of dangers to a curious mind, so it will help to go through your home and look at everything from your kitten’s perspective.
Some things to consider:
- Breakable ornaments should be put away in a cupboard.
- Doors to the oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, tumble-dryer and washing machine should always be kept closed. Put notes on the doors to remind people to check inside before using them.
- The toilet lid should always be kept down. Kittens can not only drown if they fall in, but they can be poisoned by drinking water that may contain cleaning chemicals.
- If a cleaning chemical has been left in the bath, sink or on the kitchen or bathroom floor, your kitten should be kept out of the room.
- All doors and windows should be kept shut. Even if your cat will eventually be allowed outside, she needs time to settle and to get to know her home before she is given outdoor access.
- Lit candles are asking for trouble - extinguish all naked flames when puss is around, and put a guard around any fires.
- Aerosols should never be sprayed near your kitten’s food and water bowls.
- Plastic bags must be kept safely out of reach.
- Many cats are attracted to firelighters, which are toxic, so keep them in a secure cupboard out of harm's way.
- Common sense should dictate what other items need to be kept away from your kitten - razors, needles, sharp objects, etc.
- Food scraps must always be cleared away promptly. Chicken bones can be very dangerous, as they splinter when chewed and the string that can be found on joints is also irresistible and potentially deadly.
- Place all houseplants out of the way, and get rid of any plants that are toxic to cats.
- Hide all trailing electrical cables securely under carpets, or tape them to the floor or wall. A thick, cable protector (available from hardware stores) can also be placed over the cables, to make them chew-proof.
- Remove or shorten hanging tablecloths - many kittens are experts at clearing a fully-laid table!
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