Bringing home your first cat or kitten is an exciting time. You are about to bring home a new friend with many adventures on the way. Have you cat-proofed your home yet? Make sure that your home is ready for a new furry friend.
1. Put away your cords and wires
Cats are curious little creatures. They are naturally attracted to long, skinny things such as cords and wires. A dangling cord is just cat temptation waiting to happen. Your new cat could chew through the cords to your electronics which could ruin them. Even worse, your cat may injury themselves from electrocution or swallowing. Do your best to keep cords and wires out of sight. It will make your home safer for your cat and your electronics.
2. Check your indoor plants
Do you have indoor plants around your home? They may be a great accent for decoration, but they may also be poisonous to your new cat. Be sure to check up on all of the plants on your home and see if they are poisonous to cats. Get rid of plants that are poisonous or put them in a place your are absolutely sure they cannot reach. It is best to just get rid of the plant completely and not risk a vet bill or your cat’s life.
3. Put up your breakables
You cannot be sure what behaviors your new cat will exhibit. They may be interested in heights and jump on counters. It will take time to train your cat what is acceptable and what is not. During training, put away all of your breakable valuables. You don’t want to come home to find that your new cat knocked over all of your vases and knick knacks. It is your responsibility to keep breakable things out of reach. Once you are more comfortable with your cat, starting bringing out your breakable slowly. Always do your best to keep them out of your cat’s reach.
4. Find the hiding spots
How well do you know your home? Do you know all the little crevices your new cat could squeeze through? Go around your home and check for area where the cat may hide. A cat enjoys privacy but you also don’t want them in danger. Make sure they can’t escape the house or fit into undesirable areas. Block off any areas that you would not be able to reach your cat if they ran and hide. If your cat is injured, you don’t want them hiding where you can’t get them for treatment. Give your cat their own hiding spot that is safe and reachable.
About the Author: Andrea Booth is a blogger for Smith Monitoring, a leading Houston security system company. Andrea enjoys painting her two beautiful cats in her spare time.
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