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Kittenproofing Your Home

Are you about to bring a new kitten into your home? Congratulations! You are in for a lot of fun as you start on a long journey of companionship with your new furball. Kittens are, as we all know, almost unbearably cute. They are also very, very curious, and full of energy. Once Fluffy has figured out how all those legs and claws work, she wants to go everywhere and explore everything. Just like toddlers, baby cats sometimes barrel headfirst into trouble the moment you turn your back, so they require constant monitoring. Here are some tips from your veterinarian Hancock County on how to make your home safe for your new ball of fur.

Choking Hazards

Kittens are nothing if not playful, and they can’t really be bothered to distinguish toys from everything else. Wires, string, the plastic ties that hold six-packs together … all of these things can be dangerous for your little explorer. Curtains can also be hazardous, as your kitty can get tangled up in the drawstring. Craft kits, sewing kits, and anything else with lots of small parts should be kept safely out of Kitty’s reach, as they present choking hazards. Plastic shopping bags are also a no-no.

Appliances

Open washers and dryers, refrigerators, stoves, freezers and even toilets can all be very dangerous to kittens. Your little furball can easily hop in while your attention is elsewhere, and get into some serious trouble. Be sure to keep all appliance doors and lids securely closed.

Chemicals

Make sure to store any household cleaners or other chemicals securely, in a place where your furball can’t get to them.

Plants

Several popular houseplants are actually toxic to cats. The azalea, rhododendron, iris, ivy, oleander, and poinsettia are just a few plants which are poisonous to cats, but there are many, many more. You can ask your vet for a complete list, or visit the ASPCA website.

Falling Dangers

Kitties love to climb, and their light body weight makes them much more likely to scramble up a drape or shower curtain than adult cats are. Kitties can also accidentally fall out through unsecured screens, or misjudge a leap and plummet off the back of the couch. Keep an eye on your furball, and pluck her from high places. When she gets a little older, she’ll be a better judge of what she can and can’t manage, but for a little furball, there are no limits to what Fluffy won’t try to climb.

Do you have any questions about caring for your little furball? If so, call us any time. As your vet clinic Hancock County, we are here to help.

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