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Kittenproofing

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.

Appliances

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.

Kitten-Sized Holes

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.

Toxins

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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Teaching Your Cat Good Scratching Petiquette

Does your cat have a habit of using your sofa as a nail-care station? While Fluffy may look very pleased with herself when she’s doing her nails, her human buddies aren’t usually particularly impressed by her manicure habits. We are here to help! Read on as a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet offers tips on teaching your furball better petiquette.

Fluffy’s Nail Care Station

Choosing the right scratching post is very important! Cats often like to stretch their muscles while they scratch, so pick something tall enough for your feline pal to ‘stand’ for her peticure. Make sure your furry pal’s nail-care station is sturdy. Fluffy may become wary of a wobbly post or cat tower! Sprinkle catnip around the scratching post to make it a little more enticing for your furball.

Stopping Bad Habits

You should never punish your cat for scratching… even if she did just scratch your brand-new couch. Cats have a very deep natural instinct to care for their claws. This makes perfect sense, as in the wild, our furry buddies rely on their claws for self-defense, hunting, and climbing to safety. What you can do is redirect your kitty towards a suitable scratching station. To do this, you want to make her form a bad association with her current spot. When you see your kitty scratching improperly, make a loud noise or squirt her with water. Your feline overlord will not be pleased, and may seek a different area. It’s also important to reward your pet when she does scratch properly. Offer Fluffy praise, treats, and toys for using her scratching post. It also won’t hurt to tell your furball that she’s the best, cutest cat in the world. Kitties are suckers for compliments!

If All Else Fails…

If you aren’t having any luck, consider putting claw caps on your feline buddy. These are painless and temporary, just like fake nails for people. Your furry little diva can even sport fashionable colors, like pink or red! Another option is to simply give Fluffy a peticure, and clip her nails. (Note: we don’t recommend this for cats that go outdoors, as they need their claws for self-defense.) Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your local Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to keeping our feline patients healthy and purring!