Cat proofing your house can be tricky. Some kittens can get into everything.
If you’re bringing home a new cat or kitten make sure you’re ready!
Here are seven steps you should take to make your home a little safer and more cat proof!
1. Store Hazardous Items Where Kitty Can’t Get Them
Keep medications and chemicals out of reach. Too many cats get poisoned each year by toxic substances, and this is a preventable accident.
Make sure your trash is secure, as well. Cats can choke on items like discarded bones, packaging, or wrappers. The trash can also have items that are toxic to cats.
If your cat is too clever for child safety locks you may have to be creative.
2. Get Rid Of Toxic Plants Or Move Them Outdoors
Do you have a green thumb? Make sure the plants in your home are cat friendly.
The ASPCA has an extensive catalog of plants that are toxic and not toxic to your cat. Be sure to read through this list before bringing a cat into your home.
Make sure any indoor plants are cat friendly.
3. Keep Your Litter Box Clean & Easily Accessible
Keep the litter box clean, out in the open and easily accessible.
Some felines may not be fond of some confined spaces like cupboards or shower stalls. If your litter box is hard to get to your cat may start using the floor–or worse, your bed or fresh laundry.
4. Keep The Toilet Seat & Lid Down
Cats are drawn to water so it’s important to keep the lid down when not in use.
Provide your kitty with a safe water supply. Some cats absolutely need the water to be as fresh as possible. Consider getting a cat water fountain if your kitty is picky about drinking.
5. Secure Draw Strings And Blind Cords
Cats love playing with loose strings and hanging cords which could potentially cause asphyxiation if your cat were to get tangled up in that cord.
This can be remedied by putting a knot in the middle or using a clip to keep the cord up high where kitty can’t reach it.
6. Washers, Dryers, And Boxes
Always double check before closing your washing machine or dryer door. Cats like confined spaces, and sometimes they’ll sneak into your laundry machine.
Be sure to check boxes before you throw them away or pack them shut. There was a story on the news about a cat getting packed in the neighbors boxes and shipped to Hawaii. Thankfully the cat survived.
But kitties love boxes and tiny quiet places where they can snooze in peace. When boxing items for storage, it’s a good idea to double check before sealing.
Make sure that you have lots of toys for Captain Whiskers to play with!
If you don’t provide your cat with toys just for them, they may decide to make their own toys out of your belongings. This can be destructive and dangerous, so fight boredom with designated cat toys.
Do you have any other tips for cat proofing your home? Let us know in the comments below!