Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! Your tiny ball of fur is sure to keep you smiling over the next several months. She’ll also keep you on your toes! Baby cats are impossibly cute, but they sure do have a knack for mischief. In order to keep little Fluffy safe, you’ll need to do some petproofing. A Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses kittenproofing in this article.
Small or Sharp Objects
Our feline pals have an almost uncanny knack for getting into trouble. If there’s one thing in the room that would be dangerous for little Fluffy to play with, chances are, that’s what she’ll go for. Small and sharp items are both high on the list of hazards, because of the potential for choking, strangling, or injuries. Keep things like beads, tacks, safety pins, jewelry, and other hazardous items well out of paws’ reach.
Kittens love to explore, and will hop into pretty much anything they can fit into. This can be a dangerous habit! Dryers, stoves, and even toilets can all be deadly to a furry little explorer. Keep major appliances closed when you aren’t using them, and keep a close eye on your pet.
When little Fluffy is fully grown, you probably won’t have to worry about her getting stuck beneath an armoire or trapped behind a kitchen counter. However, when your tiny feline is a baby, she’ll be able to fit into some very small openings. Seal off empty spaces beneath and behind your furniture and cupboards. Also, make sure your windows close tightly. Your furball could also climb under a recliner, curl up under a blanket, or take a nap tucked behind a couch cushion. This can be quite dangerous! Keep a close eye on your kitten, and take care not to accidentally sit or step on her.
Kittens are very curious, and are very interested in figuring out what they can and can’t eat and play with. Unfortunately, they don’t really know what is and isn’t safe for them. Cats can get very sick from eating something they shouldn’t! Remove or secure household chemicals, automotive products, lawn/garden products, medicines, and toxic plants. Wires, cords, and threads are also hazardous to frisky little furballs. Cat toys with strings can be dangerous as well. Store these things securely!
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