Kittenproofing Tips

Are you about to welcome a new kitten into your home? Congratulations! We are always thrilled to see cats going to loving homes. We also love seeing baby feline grow from mischievous bundles of fur into happy, health adult cats. Having a kitten is definitely lots of fun, but it also takes some work. In order to keep your furry little toddler safe and healthy, you’ll need to do some kittenproofing. A Myrtle Beach, SC vet discusses kittenproofing in this article.

Small Items

While she’s learning how to be a cat, little Fluffy will want to figure out exactly what she can and can’t eat. This makes it very easy for your feline friend to choke on small items, such as pen caps, jewelry pieces, or beads. Secure anything that could possibly pose a choking hazard to your frisky pet.

Wires/Cords

Wires and cords can be quite tempting to a playful feline. Your tiny furball could be seriously hurt if she chews on a live wire! Drape cords are also dangerous, as they can pose a serious entanglement risk. Keep wires and cords securely out of the reach of those cute little paws.

Toxic Substances

Medications; household cleaning agents; lawn and garden chemicals, such as pesticides and fungicides; automotive products, especially antifreeze; and other chemicals are extremely dangerous to your four-legged buddy. Keep these items in a secure spot. Also, be sure to remove toxic plants and foods. Ask your vet for recommendations about foods that are dangerous for cats. You can check the ASPCA site for a list of safe and unsafe plants.

Plastic

Many cats are drawn to the texture of plastic. Plastic bags and wrappers pose a very serious choking risk to little Fluffy, so keep these stored away. Also, remember to cut the plastic rings that hold beverages together.

Appliances

Keep major household appliances, such as washers and dryers, shut when not in use. When you are using them, keep a close eye on your furry adventurer, to make sure she doesn’t hop in when you’re not looking.

Other Hazards

Some other things that can endanger kitties include sharp items; strings; and screens, doors, or windows that don’t close securely. Ask your vet for more information on kittenproofing.

Does your kitten need vaccines, microchipping, or an exam? We are always here to help! Please contact us, your Myrtle Beach, SC animal hospital, anytime!