Are you thinking of buying or adopting a new kitten, or two? There are many precious little babies waiting for loving safe homes. Although adorable, these little innocents are vivacious bundles of curiosity, eager to explore their environment. It’s their jobs to test their world and to learn and grow. It is your job to make your home safe for them by kitten proofing before bringing them home. Here are some tips that will help your little rascals stay safe and out of trouble!
Make bathtubs and toilets safe
Kittens will excel at attempting balancing acts — sometimes choosing precarious places like edges of bathtubs railings and toilet seats.
But be careful! They could lose their balance, fall and not be able to jump out of an open toilet! You can help keep them safe (and dry) by keeping lids down.
A bath tub could also be a challenge as well. Because they are slippery, it’s difficult, and depending on the individual kitten, it could be nearly impossible for them to climb or jump out. Placing an object to climb on in the tub can help, but it needs to be something that can’t flip over and trap a kitten underneath.
The best way to kitten-proof a bathroom is to keep the door closed until the kitten is older, larger and more coordinated.
It doesn’t take much for a kitten to slip through an unsecured window or door screen. Not only by accident but also by curiosity. Check all of the screens in your home; fix any tears and securely fasten the screens to the frames, so that little paws and heads can’t dislodge them.
Kittens can’t resist playing with cords or strings or any sort of wire.. especially cords that are attached to curtains, shades and shutters. They are very dangerous — kitties can get caught in them and be seriously injured or strangled. Secure them out of reach. Make sure that they don’t enticingly swing and dangle. Many products made for child-proofing are perfect for kitten-proofing.
Electrical and computer cords can be irresistible to chew and wrestle. Group them together and put them in conduits or cover them with cord protectors. An easy and fast solution is to thread them through PVC pipes.
Check dryers and other enclosed spaces
Little ones are notorious for exploring and napping in hidden, enclosed places. Some, such as warm dryers and the areas behind drawers aren’t safe. Always check dryers and drawers before closing them and be extra careful — they are tempting to kittens.
Stash items that can be swallowed out of reach
In many ways, kittens are similar to toddlers. Small objects often end up in mouths. Plastic tops, hair ties, cotton tips and pipe cleaners aren’t playthings — they are easy to chew and swallow. Don’t encourage the little ones to bat and chase them. Be mindful of other stray items such as pills and batteries. They also can be ingested.
Choose toys carefully
Many cat toys are developed to appeal to buyers instead of the end-users — kittens. Although they may be pretty and cute, some have pieces that sharp little teeth can chew off and swallow. Others may not stand up to the youngsters’ mauling. Check out toys carefully before bringing them home. Choose ones that are durable and without ears, tails, eyes and other parts that can be chewed off and ingested.
Remove toxic plants
Nothing is exempt. Everything, including plants, within reach of active kittens has a good chance of being rubbed, batted and chewed. Unfortunately, most household plants are poisonous. These include ones that are potted or dried along with pretty cut flowers and the water they sit in. Although, not all plants are toxic, be cautious and remove plants and flowers from your home.