Have you decided to adopt a kitten? Our feline pals are absolutely adorable, especially when they are young. However, your cute little ball of fur is going to keep you on your toes over the next few months. Getting a kitten is pretty much like getting a tiny, furry toddler with claws! A Covington, GA vet offers some tips on making your home safe for little Fluffy in this article.
Anything small and/or sharp is a definite hazard to your furry buddy. This includes tacks, safety pins, beads, buttons, coins, pen caps, paper clips, craft kit pieces, and fishing line.
Cats, for some reason, can’t resist anything that dangles. Ropes and threads are very dangerous for kittens, as they can easily get tangled up, which is a strangling hazard. Keep threads, sewing kits, wires, drape cords, and other similar objects out of paws’ reach. This applies to wand toys too.
Chemicals and other toxins are a serious hazard for kittens. Fluffy doesn’t even have to deliberately ingest them: she could get sick by walking through a spill and then licking her paws. Keep medicines, cleaning agents, automotive products, chemicals, medications, paint, pesticides, and lawn/garden products in secure cupboards. Toxic plants are also an issue. Check the ASPCA site here to find out what plants are unsafe.
Little Fluffy is going to be very curious about the world, and will spend a lot of time exploring her new domain. That sense of adventure can lead your little furball right into trouble! Seal off openings behind and beneath furniture and cabinets. You’ll also want to keep major appliances, such as toilets, closed when not in use. Keep an eye on your kitten when you are doing laundry, and make sure she doesn’t hop into the dryer when you aren’t looking.
These things aren’t a hazard in and of themselves. The issue here is that kitties sometimes wiggle into small spaces. Adult cats should be easy to spot, but you may not notice your kitten sleeping under a blanket or behind a cushion, and could accidentally sit on her. Little Fluffy could also get hurt if she’s under a recliner at the wrong time. Keep an eye on your pet, and always check before sitting down.
Please contact us, your Covington, GA vet clinic, anytime. We love watching kittens grow to happy, healthy adult cats.