Cat-Proof Your Home
Cats are curious and playful, especially with objects that move or have a nice texture. Below are some of the favorite hazards a cat may discover in your home and some tips on preventing an injury or accident in your home.
- Telephone and electrical cords
- Toilet paper and shower curtains
- A smoldering cigarette
- Moving records, tapes or discs
- Drapes, blinds and curtains
- Panty hose and tights
- Plastic bags or cellophane that hold tempting food, bones or garbage
- Ribbons, thread, yarn or rubber bands
Below are some of the ways you can help keep your cat safe:
- Make sure that all screens and windows are secure.
- Make sure hazardous objects that might be easily swallowed are out of a cat's reach.
- Be sure to close drawers, dishwasher, dryer and washing machine doors when not in use.
- Remove or cover any plants, electrical cords or breakable glass objects.
- If you have a small kitten, block off heating vents, air returns or other openings where a kitten may venture.
- Do not leave lit candles unattended.
- Your cat should wear a collar. Make sure it is the breakaway style with an elastic piece to prevent accidental choking.
- Keep clothes picked up or in a closed laundry basket while your cat is acclimating himself to your home. Cats will instinctively eliminate on or in soft substrates.