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Cat Proofing Tips For Your Home

Ever introduced a newborn baby in your house? I am sure you did at least once in your life and brought a lot of changes to your house and its rules to make them feel safe, comfortable and healthy. Same goes for the cats. Owning a newborn kitty or rescue cat may seem pretty basic but there are certain cat proofing tips that are helpful to know for the people who’ve never had a cat before. They may seem small and all-time lazy but these powerhouses can make plenty of mischief under your absence. Here we present you the top cat proofing tips.

Cat Proofing Tips For Your Home

  • Plants

Plants bring greenery and freshness to your home but there are certain plants that are poisonous to your cat. Many cats have the attitude of testing everything that comes into their domain. These toxic plants may cause a wide range of problems from skin irritation and digestion issues to organ failure and death.

Here is the list of potentially poisonous plants:

  1. Lilies (Lilium sp.)
  2. Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  3. Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  4. Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
  5. Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
  6. Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  7. Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
  8. Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
  9. Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
  10. Yew (Taxus sp.)
  11. Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
  12. Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  13. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
  14. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  15. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
  16. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

 

  • Be aware of your household’s hideouts

Cats usually love to snuggle away in small, dark and warm places. Being curious little beings and highly flexible, they always find a way to squeeze themselves into those tiny spots you may not even think of. Try to keep a check on them to find their secret spots and limit the access to potentially unsafe hiding spots such as washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, motors etc.

  • Escape routes

During the warmer months of the year when people start opening the windows of their home, cats generally fall from open windows and fire escapes. This phenomenon is also called High Rise Syndrome. It is true that cats are athletic and very balanced at landing on their feet but falling from a high rise building may invite a serious medical issue.

  • Put away chemicals and medications

We generally put detergents, antifreeze, soaps, shampoos and other household cleaners away from small babies by securing them at great heights. But reaching those heights is an easy task for the cats. Always secure these items in the closed cabinets.

Human medications are the also most common source of poisoning for pets every year. We are generally in the habit of leaving pill bottles on kitchen counters and tabletops. Now, it is the time to shift these medications to a more safer spot away from both babies and kitties.

  • Put away fragile items

Cats are God-gifted climbers and jumpers. They just love to explore every single corner of their surroundings. So to avoid your precious figure collection getting ruined, try to keep all the fragile items away from their path. Invest in closed glass shelves and let them showcase their acrobatic skills effortlessly.

  • Keep the bins away and toilet seats down

Cats are serious investigators. You just put all the trash in the bin and on the very next second, you will find all the trash flying everywhere. This won’t even make the whole house a rubbish bin but also get your kitty trapped inside and be unable to escape.

Cat’s daily life is full of activity and to maintain that energy level, they look out for water they can take sips of throughout the day. In spite of having their fancy water bowls, cats have a strange obsession with toilet water. Toilet water also contains cleaning chemicals. So, it is highly advisable to keep the toilet seat down.

  • Protect your Surge Protectors and Electric Cords

Cats love chewing, especially rubber. We have electrical appliances in our home full of electrical cords and surge protectors. Chewing the plugged electrical cords may result in heavy shocks causing brutal burns in the mouth region and choking as well. Place them in a place where your cat won’t be able to access them.

Sick of this never-ending list of cat proofing tips? Hire a cat sitter at TAILored Cat Services. We will take care of your cat and help you out in making your house feline-friendly as well. Check out our cat sitting page to know more. And do share your views down below in the comment section.

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