When you bring a new kitty into your home, it can be hard to know just how they will react to their new circumstances. You can avoid many mishaps by cat proofing your home while Fluffy is getting used to the lay of the land.
Here are some tips to help ensure that your newly adopted kitty can enjoy safety at home:
- Electrical cords need to be inaccessible or enclosed in hard material to prevent cats from chewing them.
- Plants should be out of reach or removed as some can be poisonous and will cause medical issues. A nice alternative for plant loving cats is to provide them with edible cat grass.
- Block off small areas where cats may try to hide such as behind major appliances and heavy furniture. This will prevent them from getting stuck. Many cats like to sleep under rocking chairs or inside recliners. Make sure the cat isn’t there before sitting down.
- Keep chemicals away from your cat. Antifreeze and other garage chemicals are often fatal and should be kept locked away in a safe location. This also includes household cleaners and medications. Use baby locks if necessary.
- Cats often try to eat or play with many different attractive items. Make sure to keep things like needles, threads, string, beads, jewelry, candy wrappers, dental floss, rubber bands, paper clips, plastic bags, and curtain cords, off the ground.
- Make sure windows and their screens are sturdy and secure. Some cats will try to claw their way out or squeeze through openings.
- Always check your washer, dryer and dishwasher before running a cycle. Some cats like dark, warm places for napping.
- Some cats will crawl up inside a car to nap. Make sure to bang on the hood of the car and make lots of noise to startle away any cat before starting the engine.
- Avoid toys with small pieces that your cat may chew off and swallow.
Tips for the Holidays
- Secure your tree using hooks and high strength fishing line to prevent your kitty from tipping it over when climbing and playing.
- Consider hanging cat safe ornaments that are difficult to break and eat.
- Scatter cat toys at the bottom of the tree to encourage your kitty to play down low.
- Opt out of decorating with tinsel and glitter. Cats are attracted to shiny, rustling objects but can become very ill if they eat these items.
- Cover your tree stand with a tree skirt or tablecloth to prevent cats from drinking out of the water reservoir as this could make them sick. Consider spraying citrus scents under and around the tree. Many cats dislike these scents and avoid them.
- Supervise your kitty when he or she is around the tree. If unable to supervise, consider closing off the room while you’re away.
*Information adapted from “The Cat Behavior Answer Book” by Arden Moore