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Kittens: Home Safety Tips

How to Kitten Proof Your Home

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Telephone Cord and Kitten

Kittens love to play with moving objects, like the phone cord.

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Kittens home safety tips should be considered almost before you bring home the new kitten. Learn how to kitten proof your home to keep her safe during the first baby-bumbling weeks together.

Think of the fur-kid as trouble waiting to happen. Normal kitten behavior gets these babies in trouble. Kittens poke with paws and knock breakables off tables. They bite and taste toys, toes, and other pets’ tails. They dig potted plants, drink from toilets, crawl up the chimney, climb high—and fall far—from dangerous perches. How amazing kittens survive babyhood!

How to Kitten Proof Your Home

Ideally, confine the kitten to a single “safe” room you’ve inspected and stocked with all necessary kitty paraphernalia. But don’t neglect the rest of the house. Invest in kneepads and crawl around to view things at kitten eye-level, to predict and prevent problems, which might entice your furry dynamo.

Stop The Motion

Moving objects lure kittens to bite and play, and chomping a swaying electrical cord or even a telephone cord can kill. Get as many cords out of reach as possible, and immobilize the rest with tape or thread through a length of PVC pipe. Look for other dangerous temptations, such as the cords on Venetian blinds that can tangle or choke kittens.

A great training tool to keep kittens at bay is the nasty tasting bitter apple product available from pet supply stores. Vicks Vapo Rub also works because it smells very off-putting to most pets. Paint bitter apple or Vicks on forbidden objects to keep mouthy pets away.

Bang for Safety

Make a habit of banging on tops of appliances and checking inside before turning on washers, dryers, ovens or dishwashers. Kittens and many adult cats love warm hidey-holes and appliances can become deathtraps. The smell or taste of food left on dishes may lure a youngster inside the dishwasher, and you might close the door without realizing the kitty's inside. A new pet should be confined in a safe room whenever you can’t keep an eagle eye on her antics.

Put Away Plants

Plants and kittens don’t mix. If she can’t climb it, she may shred it, eat it, or empty it onto the floor and either the plant, the kitten, or both may die. Kitten-safe houseplants like coleus, piggyback, jade plant or others should be placed out of reach on high shelves, or hung from hooks. Sticky Paws, a type of double-sided tape product, works well to train kittens and adult cats to keep a respectful distance from forbidden plants. There's one specifically for plants.

Inspect Toys

Check all cat toys before giving them to the new baby. String-type objects and feathers provide lots of chasing fun, but if swallowed, can be lethal. Only play with string, yarn, and other swallow-able toys in supervised games and lock them away when you’re not around. Keep sewing supplies and fishing tackle boxes in secure cupboards. If you have a genius kitten able to open cupboards, invest in some child-proof locks to keep cleaning supplies out of reach. And be sure favorite yarn, ribbon, and fishing pole-type toys are kept out of reach when you can’t be there.

Countertop Cruisers

Make countertops near stoves off-limits, and enforce this rule even when you aren’t cooking. That’s not only a hygienic issue for you; it’s a safety issue for paw pads that easily burn. Physically remove the cat when you catch her in the act. You can cover the counter around the stove with tin foil—cats hate walking on this stuff, and it keeps most cats away. Or, place Sticky Paws on placemats that can be moved around to make it a less attractive perch. An innovative training product called the Ssscat™ aerosol gives off a HISSSS of air that trains the cat to scat, when a motion detector triggered by the cat’s presence sets it off. You don’t even have to be present for it to work.

With the right preparation you can ensure your kitten remains angelic and turns away from the dark side that's filled with danger. You'll both be happier.

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