How to Kitten Proof your Home

or CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT!

Kittens are naturally curious and investigative, this can often lead to serious injury or death. Here are some tips on how you can make your house safer for your new arrival.

ELECTRICAL CORDS & COMPUTER CABLES: Young pets love to chew when they are teething. Keep electrical wires out of reach, or use a pet repellent spray (such as “Bitter Apple” found at most pet supply stores).

COMMON HOUSEHOLD KILLERS: Some examples are: cleaning agents, bleach, ammonia, disinfectants, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, paint, gasoline, rat poison and other toxic chemicals. Keep them locked up!

CHECK THE ANTIFREEZE: Pets are attracted to the odour and sweet taste of antifreeze. Store it up high and tightly sealed. Wipe up any spills on the garage floor. Window-washing solution also contains antifreeze. Remember engine warmth promotes cat naps, so honk your horn to wake pets under the hood before you start the car.

KILLER HOUSE PLANTS: Poisonous plants include lilies, philodendron, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, eucalyptus, spider plants, azalea, ivy amaryllis, pyracantha, oleander, boxwood, mistletoe, rhubarb, Jerusalem Cherry and plant bulbs. KEEP OFF THE GRASS: Hopefully your cat will remain an indoor pet. If you treat your lawn with chemicals, be sure to keep the cat in. Read and follow label directions carefully of fertilizers, repellents, weed killers etc.

IT FIT YESTERDAY!. Kittens grow rapidly, collars and harnesses can be rapidly outgrown, leading to serious wounds. Be careful that the collar is not too tight and not too loose.

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS AND MEDICATIONS: Cosmetics, shampoos, skin creams, hair perm solutions, depilatories, suntan lotions, sleeping pills, antihistamines, aspirin, and acetaminophen can all be lethal to pets. Remember: don’t leave plastic bags unattended! Curious kittens can suffocate. IT’S MEANT FOR THE DOG: Do not use dog products on cats. Zodiac and other canine commercial spot-on topical products are toxic to cats and will have you rushing to the emergency clinic.

THE HEAT IS ON: Watch out for hot irons, coffee pots and space heaters. Kittens will suddenly be able to jump to new heights and topple over any of these hazards. Always use a fireplace screen.

A DIP TIP: Keep covers on hot tubs and swimming pools, and do not leave your bubble bath unattended. Kittens can fall in and may not be able to get out.

TIS’ THE SEASON: Keep holly, mistletoe, poinsettia and especially Christmas tree tinsel out of reach.

THE VIEW FROM UP HERE: Check the screens in your windows for a tight fit. Repair tears or edges that have pulled away from the frame. Kittens can climb screens and cause them to give way. Never allow your kitten out on a balcony that is not totally screened in from floor to ceiling. One playful move and over she goes to massive injuries or certain death.

JUST LIKE BABIES: Just like human babies, kittens use their mouth to investigate things for texture and taste. So the “Rule of Thumb” is; if it is small enough to fit in a kitten’s mouth it is dangerous! Watch out for cigarette butts, rubber bands, balloons, sewing needles, thread, string, ribbons, sponges, and yes, even pantihose. Because what goes in must come out, often via surgery!

YOUR NEW KITTEN TRUSTS YOU FOR GOOD CARE. DON’T LET HER DOWN!