Has a kitten recently joined your household? Congratulations! We probably don’t have to tell you that you are in for some adorable moments with your little ball of fuzz. Baby cats are one of the cutest things on the planet. They’re also extremely mischievous, and can easily get hurt. Therefore, you’ll need to do a little kittenproofing to keep your tiny furball safe. Read on for some great kittyproofing tips from a local Fort Collins, CO vet.
Cats have an innate fascination for ropes and dangling things. Wires and cords are both dangerous: you definitely don’t want little Fluffy getting entangled in a drape cord, or chewing through a live wire! Protect or secure wires and cords. You can also ask your vet about using a taste deterrent.
Plastic bags, wrappers, and ties are also dangerous to a curious little feline. Many cats, for some reason, really like the crinkly texture of plastic, which is a serious choking hazard. Keep all plastic bags, wrappers, and ties away from your furball.
Little Fluffy will be very interested in figuring out what she can and can’t eat, and what is most fun to play with. Small items, like safety pins, earrings, and buttons, are all dangerous for your playful ball of fluff!
Kittens are nothing if not curious. Little Fluffy has a lot to learn about the world, and will thoroughly investigate all the nooks and crannies of her new home. Appliances, such as washers, dryers, and even open toilets, can be very dangerous to baby cats! Keep major appliances shut when they aren’t in use. Just to be on the safe side, keep an eye on your cute pet when you are doing laundry, just in case your tiny adventurer hops into the machine when your back is turned.
Many common household items are toxic to cats. Make sure that all of your plants are pet-safe, in case your furball develops a penchant for chewing greenery. You can find a complete list of toxic and nontoxic plants on the ASPCA website. Plants aren’t the only danger here: medicine, household chemicals, automotive products, and lawn/garden chemicals are also hazardous. Keep all unsafe materials away from those cute little paws.
Please contact us, your local Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!