So you just welcomed a kitten into your home. Congratulations! Have you given her a name yet? If not, that’s OK. Sometimes it’s best to just let the name come to you during an Aha! moment. While you don’t have to conjure up a moniker for your newest feline family member right away, you need to make your home as safe as possible before adopting her.
Kittens are naturally curious animals, so they tend to get into everything. Your home may have a lot of safety hazards, and, as a new kitten owner, you’re responsible for detecting and removing them before your kitten hurts herself. To guide you through kitten-proofing your home, we have a list of some of the most common household hazards.
Trash cans: A trash can to a curious kitten is like a ball pit to a child. A kitten would be likely to find a trash can irresistible. Many hazards, such as spoiled food, sharp objects, choking hazards, and deadly bacteria can be found in trash cans. Be sure to keep all of your trash cans closed or out of sight.
Cords: We all know how much kittens and senior cats alike love cords! Unfortunately, they’re not always safe. Be sure to keep electronic cords and cables tucked away, or if possible, out of sight. Plugged in cords can be very dangerous if chewed thoroughly. Also, if you have any electronics that can be moved without much effort, such as DVD players or hairdryers, be sure to unplug and put them away after using them. Such objects could easily fall on your kitten if she tries to bat at the cords.
Toilet seats: Some kittens have yet to discover their deep hatred of water, so they might want to try to get into the toilet. Always keep the toilet seat down. (If you’re a married man, doing this will get you a safe kitten and a happy wife!)
Appliances: Keep all appliances closed, and always look inside before using them. Some appliances include refrigerators, dishwashers, and laundry dryers.
Toxic chemicals: Toxic chemicals – can’t avoid ‘em! They’re everywhere in your house. Be sure to keep them out of your kitten’s reach or behind securely closed doors. Some toxic chemicals include antifreeze, cleaners, paint, pesticides, and laundry detergents.
Toxic plants: Some plants aren’t safe for animals to consume. Keep them out of your kitten’s reach. You can find a complete list of toxic plants on ASPCA’s website.
Paper shredders: Unfortunately, paper shredders are very dangerous. Each year, paper shredders injure, and sometimes claim the lives of, hundreds of pets. You should always make sure your paper shredder is unplugged when you’re not using it.
Those are some of the most common household hazards. You should still inspect your house thoroughly for any lesser-known dangers.
Our last advice? Always, always, always keep a close eye on your kitten until you feel confident in her ability to navigate around the house without getting into trouble.