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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
  • Jewelry
  • Panty hose and tights
  • Plastic bags or cellophane that hold tempting food, bones or garbage
  • Ribbons, thread, yarn or rubber bands
  • Plants

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.