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WHAT THE HECK IS "CAT PROOFING"

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WHAT THE HECK IS KITTEN PROOFING?

 


If you are considering adopting or obtaining a new kitten there are some things you had better consider. First, kittens are bundles of energy and you will need to channel it into the proper direction. Secondly, you will have to prepare your home for the new addition! This article will give you some insight on what could be hazardous to your new pet in your house.


Kittens, just like any other type of baby, will get into anything and everything! This happens in only a brief moment of time when you least expect it or when your back is turned. Part of the development of any small child or animal is to explore. They do this through climbing, crawling, jumping, mouthing, pawing, and other creative ways!


Kitten proofing is preventing accidents through preventative measures or increased awareness and supervision. If you know what types of things to be careful about, that is half the battle. Be sure to provide the proper toys and lots of concentrated activity to wear your pet out and keep it out of trouble!
Kittens will make toys out of just about anything. The best efforts you can make are to provide the proper toys and to supervise the play to make sure that the kit doesn’t ingest any foreign objects. Ping pong balls, hard vinyl or plastic balls with a bell in them, fake mice, and a variety of other toys will be good to start off with. Paper bags left open on the floor, boxes, and milk jug tabs are a few of the best homemade toys!


Care should be taken to supervise play with long string, plastic milk tops, and other objects such as aluminum foil balls. You want to make sure that your kitten does not decide to make a meal of the wrong toy, and doesn’t get tangled and panic in the twine. Around the household, there are a number of items that could pose risk to your new naive pet. You should be alert to these and take some precautions if necessary to avoid trouble for your little explorer.


Remember that to avoid problem behavior, you must provide quality attention and concentrated activity daily. Redirecting improper behavior toward acceptable play and toys is the best strategy to include for success. For young animals several short intense sessions a day should wear them out and keep them out of trouble! Here is a list to flag your attention toward some of the potential problem items.

 

SHINY OBJECTS
Since foil ball toys may suddenly become an edible temptation, they should only be offered as a toy only when you can monitor the interaction and prevent them for being eaten! Lamp crystals, and Christmas tree decorations, such as bulbs and tinsel, are other enticing and dangerous objects. Hanging mobiles, chimes and other objects may be too attractive for your pet to resist. Make sure that they are either unreachable or that some barrier or confinement is possible to avoid disaster when you are not around.

 

ELECTRICAL CORDS
This is a very big potential risk to most small pets. Mouthing and chewing behavior is common in young animals for both exploring purposes and teething relief. Electrical cords could prove deadly. To avoid this problem, you can use PVC piping to protect cords, hide cords or secure them, and use topical deterrents. These deterrents taste bad and discourage chewing of inappropriate objects without staining. Make sure you test to see that your pet does not like the taste first (on another test object)! You can also unplug items as extra precaution or use a toggle switch to shut off the current.

 

TOYS
Proper toys and lots of them, prevent your critter from getting into trouble more than anything else. Try a wide variety and rotate them. Just like small children, most animals will tire of the same toys. Keep at least twelve on hand and rotate them or add new ones periodically. Go to a quality pet store for assistance with selection.

 

PLASTIC
This is a big danger to any small animal. They can suffocate if they become tangled in it or can have a problem if they ingest any. Trash cans, kitchen baggies, dry cleaning items, and a variety of other such articles can be potential problems.

 

CLEANING MATERIALS
Taking care that cleaning fluids and powders are kept closed and locked in cabinets is important. Kittens often can find new and inventive ways to open cupboards or get into drawers and other small storage spaces. Spilled materials and cleaning cloths should be cleaned up or stored in areas where your pet will not have access to them.

 

PEST POISONS AND OTHER ITEMS
Make sure that any snail or ant bait or other related items are also kept closed and secured in areas where your pet cannot get access to them. Antifreeze is especially dangerous and any leaks or spills could mean death to your animal or others that have access to them. Stay alert and aware to these simple things and avoid trouble! Any trash receptacles could also be trouble. Secure lids to prevent access or spills, and keep alert when you may be considering tossing any toxic materials or inappropriate food items.

 

APPLIANCES
Refrigerators, dish washers, clothes washers and dryers have been death traps to more than a few animals. Keeping doors and lids closed and blocking access to little cubby holes in the backs of the appliances can keep your animal safe and out of harm. Check appliances before you turn them on and note the location of your new critter just to be on the safe side. Please also pay attention to cooking surfaces, hot irons, and similar risky items to prevent burns and related injuries. If you ever use candles, remember that they can be extremely dangerous to unwary pets.

 

BATHROOM CARE
In addition to finding great toys in the toileting area, young kittens will want to explore everywhere and could get into trouble if they fall into a tub of water. Even if they can swim they may not be able to climb out due to the smooth walls of the tub and exhaustion. Keeping the toilet seat lid closed and the door closed when the tub is filling or filled is a good precaution. Also, if your kitten finds that shredding and spreading the toilet paper is great fun you might appreciate the simple barrier strategy to preventing the marauder from trashing the whole house with their simple toy!

 

WINDOWS/SCREENS
If you live in an upper story apartment or condominium you may want to make sure that your windows have screens that are secured and that can withstand the weight of a cat climbing or pushing on them! Cats love to watch events from window sills and keeping them safe from falls is easy if you take a few minutes to add a few more securing latches. Even if you live in a single story dwelling, keeping the windows and screens secure keeps your kitten safely inside and animal intruders out.

 

SUNSPOTS AND BREAKABLES
Cats will always find great places to sun themselves. This can include not only window sills, but tables, chairs, and other ledges or surfaces that catch the sunlight. Caution should be taken if you have numerous collectibles or breakable objects set out for decoration. Placement of these precious items in other areas where they might not be at such a high risk is recommended!

 

PLANTS
Household plants could face some interesting challenges. Sometimes they can be used as scratch posts, litterbox substitutes, and as chewing items. There are numerous plants that can be toxic to pets. Make sure that you check the list available on-line or in your local veterinary office, and eliminate those plants that could be risky to your pet. Remember to also take care with seasonal varieties that come into your home around spring or Easter, Thanksgiving or fall holidays, and winter holiday trees and poinsettias.

 

CURTAINS AND FABRIC
Curtains and cloth furniture tend to make great climbing ladders for small kittens, as do the occasional pant legs! Teach your kitten to use a cat tree and have a variety of scratching posts placed in strategic locations to lesson the temptation to use the wrong times to climb. Rewarding acceptable behavior and reprimanding inappropriate behavior should start young so that you have a happy and healthy animal.

 

These are just a few of the items to consider. Look around your home and assess what might be of risk to your new pet. Be sure to check back into this section at Cyberpet for other ideas on caring for and teaching your new fabulous feline!

 

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