Kitten proofing your house

A house is full of hidden dangers for a curious kitten, so kitten proofing your house is a must if you want to properly care for your cute-as-a-button kitty.

21 Mar 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Bringing home your bundle of paws should be all about having fun—not frantically running around snatching up hazards and objects that could cause your pussycat to say me-‘owwwww!’

Unlike puppies, kittens can jump and climb, which can make kitten proofing your house twice as hard as not only do you need to think about the potential perils at ground level, but the jump-level jeopardies too.

How to kitten proof your house

Probably he simplest way to prepare for the arrival of your pocket-sized pal is to work your way through your kitten proof your house room by room.

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Kitchen and laundry

Make sure chemicals and other potentially dangerous liquids are stored in a cupboard where kitty can’t get his claws on them.

Ensure any hanging wires are secured.

Keep washing machine and tumble dryer doors closed.

Keep knife blocks and anything else containing sharp utensils back against the wall (to prevent them being knocked over) or move them into a drawer.

Keep plastic shopping bags far away from Felix as these can cause chocking and suffocation.

Food scraps will need to be cleared away pronto—before you catch Percy the Persian chocking on a chicken bone.

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Bathroom

Keep the toilet seat down. I hear women rejoicing, but seriously lots of kittens and cats have drowned in the toilet.

Keep medicines, tablets and cleaning detergents far away from your troublesome tomcat.

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Bedroom and living area

Clear away any breakable objects. Last thing you want is your Burmese breaking a family heirloom.

Forget cosy candlelit evenings when puss is around. Naked flame is a big no, no.

If you have a penchant for indoor plants, you’d better check that they’re not toxic for your pussycat; many plants are harmful to cats.

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Tips for kitten proofing your house

Start thinking about the dangers for a curious kitten a couple of weeks before you intend to being kitty home, this will help prevent you from overlooking hazards and give you enough time to fix things up.

If you have kids, you might want to chat to them about the dos and don’ts of caring for kittens and highlight some of the common household dangers, like leaving doors and windows open to allow Felix to flee.

21 Mar 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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