Tips for Kitten-Proofing Your Home

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Kittens are curious little devils that love to explore, but there are plenty of hazards in your living environment that can harm them. In this article, we discuss tips for kitten-proofing your home.

  • Window blind cords are very dangerous. Your kitten could get caught up and tangled. Be sure to secure all cords with a rubber band up high and out of your kitten’s reach. Along the same lines, drapes should be tied securely out of your kitten’s grasp—especially if your active feline likes to climb the curtains. Ditto for tablecloths. It’s wise to remove these so dishes don’t get broken when your kitten is trying to clamber up the table via the tablecloth.
  • Electrical cords, wires or cables may look like attractive chew toys to your kitten but this is destructive and dangerous behavior that could potentially start a fire in your home. Covers made especially for this are available to help you keep your cords organized as well as deter your kitten from cord chewing.
  • Picture your kitten climbing up shelves, jumping on tables and sneaking into tight nooks. While this might be the perfect place for displaying your fine collectibles, your kitten can very easily knock down your breakables with a swish of the tail. Shattered shards of glass are not good for your kitten’s paws. An ideal location would be up high or where your kitten has no access or having a display cabinet with doors.
  • Your kitten can be injured if you leave your cupboard doors or dresser drawers open. All it takes is closing an open drawer or cabinet door while your kitten has a paw in it and ouch! Also, in many homes, kitchen cabinets are used for storing cleaning products and dangerous chemicals that your kitten could lick or eat. Child-proof latches work wonders to keep little paws out. The same rule applies to medications, which should be stored in a secure cabinet.
  • Do you sew, do needlework or knit? Are you crafty and use rubber bands, ribbon or twine? These items can be a fascinating toy for your kitten to play with but deadly if swallowed. Needles can end up in the stomach and must be removed surgically. The needle can also get caught in your kitten’s throat or the roof of the mouth. Swallowing thread, string, yarn, rubber bands, ribbon or twine can cause a blockage in your kitten’s intestinal tract requiring surgical removal.
  • Keep your wastebaskets and kitchen trash containers covered as some curious kittens like to take pieces of garbage and scatter bits around the house.
  • Kittens typically like warm, dark places to hide and/or sleep and the clothes dryer might make an ideal place for them to find solace. Make sure the dryer door is always closed to prevent a disaster from happening.
  • Unless your bathroom is where you keep the litter box, your kitten should be banned from it. If you allow your kitten inside, keep the toilet lid down so your kitten can’t fall in or drink from it.
  • Remember that household plants can be poisonous to your kitten. Visit Pet Poison Helpline's website for the top 10 plants poisonous to pets.

By following these steps, you’ll be doing your best to make sure your kitten stays out of trouble while providing a safe environment.