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Kitty Proofing Your House

Kittens are curious creatures capable of jumping onto high surfaces or squeezing into the smallest of spaces. To protect your kitten in his new environment, and to safeguard your belongings, kitten-proof your house.
  • Kitchens/Bathrooms:

iStock_000006962446SmallUse childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets • Keep medications, cleaners, chemicals, and laundry supplies in a safe place • Keep trash cans covered or inside a latched cabinet • Check for and block any small spaces, nooks, or holes inside cabinetry or behind washer/dryer units • Make sure they haven’t jumped into the washer/dryer before you turn it on • Keep foods out of reach (even if the food isn’t harmful, the wrapper could be).

 

kittens with book

  • Bedrooms:

Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors (drawstrings and buttons can cause major problems if chewed and injested) • Keep any medications, lotions, or cosmetics off accessible surfaces (like the bedside table or dressers) •Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing.

 

  • Living/family room:

Place dangling wires from lamps, VCRs, televisions, stereos, and phones out of reach • Keep kids toys put away • Put away knick-knacks until your kitten has the coordination not to knock them over • Check all those places where your vacuum cleaner doesn’t fit, but your kitten does, and for dangerous items like string, and small objects.

 

  • Move house plants:

iStock_000016161030SmallSome plants can be poisonous, keep them out of reach, including hanging plants that can be jumped onto from other nearby surfaces • Be careful that you don’t close your kitten in closets or dresser drawers • Make sure all heating/air vents have a cover • Put away all sewing and craft notions, especially thread.

 

 

 

  • Garage:

playing with cardboard two cute kitten playing with cardboard

 

• The best way to protect the kittens is to never let them into the garage at all..  When they see any door opened, to them its another area to explore for adventure (trouble & danger).  Boxes will attract them to play in, there could be danger everywhere in the garage.

• It’s best to keep the garage safe should the kittens get in it accidentally.  You could prevent a costly vet bill or even the loss of the kitten.

• Move all chemicals to high shelves or behind secure doors.

• Clean up all antifreeze from the floor and driveway, as one taste can be lethal to a kitten.

•Bang on your car hood to ensure that your kitten has not hidden in the engine for warmth.

 

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