Thinking about adding a new kitten or adult cat to your family? Excellent choice! If you currently don’t have any pets, it’s important to take a few minutes to make sure that your house is safe for your new cat. Seemingly simple things can be hazardous to a curious cat, so take a quick look around to make sure that your home is cat-friendly.
Windows: Make sure all the screens in your windows are safe and secure. Windows and patio doors without screens should not be left open to ensure that cat won’t get out.
Cleaning and Laundry: Get in the habit of making sure you leave the doors to washers and dryers closed so that the cat won’t get into them. It’s also a good idea to put away cleaning supplies and laundry detergent, and keep the lids of trash cans down. Garbage in lidless wastebaskets is tempting to a curious cat. Never leave a hot iron unattended on an ironing board with the cat around.
Kitchen and Cooking: There are lots of kitchen hazards for cats, especially since they can easily jump on the counters. Keep an eye on your cat around hot stoves and ovens, pots of boiling liquids, sharp knives, and electric plug-ins like coffee pots and kettles. It’s also a good idea to put away grocery bags with handles, as cats like to go in bags but can easily get their necks and legs caught in the handles. You should also be careful about leaving food out on the counters.
Living Areas: Check out the ASPCA’s list of plants that are toxic to cats to make sure that any houseplants or cut flowers you may have are safe if your cat tries to nibble them. Tie up any loose electrical cords to make sure your cat doesn’t get tangled up in them. Sewing, knitting, and craft supplies can be especially tempting—and hazardous—for curious cats. Make sure things like needles, yarn, and thread are in securely covered containers. Do a quick survey of fragile knick-knacks and remove any that you don’t want broken by a jumping cat. Monitor your cat around open fireplaces.
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