Make a safe environment for your cat by cat proofing your home.
Things we may never think about that are always around our home can create dangerous situations for our cats. After reading 25 Ways to Cat-Proofing Your Home in CatFancy magazine July Issue, I thought I would share the top 10 which in my opinion of a surprise and never thought of. Please keep in mind these are only a few of the 25 ways to keep your cat safe in your home which one can obtain by purchasing either a subscription to CatFancy magazine or purchasing the PDF version of the complete article.
- Large appliances: Washers, dryers, and dishwashers can be a fun and adventurous place for cats to go. They love climbing into places that we may not think of. So remember to always keep lids shut.
- Hot Surfaces: Our cats are notorious for climbing on kitchen appliances and stove tops. Unlike dogs they are more agile and can climb on to the stove without making a sound. So make sure everything has cooled off before letting your furry felines into the kitchen, or near space heaters.
- Kitchen Counters: Onions and chocolate are harmful to cats, leaving unattended food could get your cat sick. Always dispose of bones and trash properly and not leave them lying around for your curious cat to find. Even leaving baby bottles on the kitchen counter can become hazardous for cats that love milk. They may try to break the bottle open.
- Detergents and cleaners: like baby proofing, keeping detergents and cleaners in child proof level doors is always a great idea.
- Rodent and insect repellents: Sometimes when we see unwanted rodents and insects we instantly get the bug killing spray and rat traps out. Please remember that our cats can get trapped by the rat traps and can get sick from bug spray.
- Furniture: Folding furniture can trap cats. Always check for cats before returning furniture to their normal positions.
- Cords and wires: Phone, TV, and Internet cords are examples for wires that entice cats to come play. Keep cords bond to prevent our furry friends from getting tangled or shocked.
- Flames: Candles create a soothing environment and warms a room, but candles can also burn paws and singe whiskers. Never leave your candles unattended.
- Blinds, Drapes, and Curtains: Try to keep drapes and curtains out of reach of young cats, otherwise they will be trying to climb up them. Also try and shorten your blind cords to prevent accidental strangulation.
- Plants and Flowers: Some plants are deadly to cats; always check to make sure that the plants being brought into the house are feline friendly.
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