Cat-proofing Your Home

Jun 22, 2019

Uh-oh - this looks like trouble!
Credit Jon Seidman [Flickr]

Even when electrical cords are not plugged in, a curious or playful cat may become tangled in them, possibly toppling the object they're connected to.  At best, something like a lamp may be broken.   At worst, your pet could be injured by a falling object.   Protecting your pet is a good investment for everyone.

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There are things we do to make our homes safe for our family – like putting up a baby gate to keep a toddler from falling down the stairs. While that may not work for a cat, they are naturally curious creatures, which makes them vulnerable to items we take for granted around the house. Here are some things you can do to make your home safer for your feline family member.

Begin by putting household chemicals in a closed cabinet. Cleaners, detergents, fabric softener sheets, antifreeze, even air fresheners, can harm your cat. Don’t use them around or on your pet, its bowls or its bedding, especially if they contain pine or phenol. Store fertilizers, insecticides and other outdoor chemicals in a cat-proof location, as well.

Electrical cords can pose a danger for the cat that chews on one and bites through to the wires inside. Your furry friend may also find itself tangled in the cord and pull a heavy lamp or iron down. If it lands on your pet, you might be making an emergency trip to the veterinarian.

Keep medications away from your cat – especially the human ones – and never give even over-the-counter medicine to your feline buddy unless directed by your vet. Just one acetaminophen or ibuprophen can kill a kitten.

Pick up and put away all the little items we tend to leave lying around, like rubber bands, hair ties, bag ties, dental floss, sewing thread or needles, even long pieces of string or yarn. They could cause a choking hazard, an intestinal blockage, or do serious damage to your cat’s digestive tract if swallowed.

Make sure all the plants in your yard and in your home are safe for your furry friend. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control website to see which plants are safe and those that are toxic.

June is Adopt-a-Cat Month, a great time to find a new feline friend – but take the time to cat-proof your home. It will protect your things, but more importantly, it will protect your furry little friend, when you’re speaking of pets.

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