40 Ways to Protect Your Cat

Keep your cat safe by adopting and following these safety guidelines.

By Beth Krippner

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35. Your cat can be a danger to smaller pets such as reptiles, fish, birds and rodents. Keep your cat away from other pets when unsupervised.

36. When adding a second cat or kitten to your household, clear his health by your vet prior to bringing him home, so you do not expose your first cat to possible illness.

37. Check your garage door before closing it, to avoid injuring any cats perched there.

38. Install baby locks on cabinets where you keep bug spray, household cleaners or medicines. Your smart cat may learn how to open cupboard doors!

39. Invest in covered wastebaskets and garbage cans for your home to prevent cats from finding dangerous items such as chicken bones or dental floss.

40. Always use a carrier when transporting your cat. Even if your cat loves car rides, she may get underfoot or escape if startled.

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Katarina    Brantford, ON

11/16/2007 9:14:27 PM

An excellent checklist to keep your furry friends safe and happy!!

Angela & Chica    Arlingtong, VA

11/16/2007 5:45:43 PM

Another good idea is if you have recliners be sure to check and make sure that your cat has not crawled underneath before you close it.

Sara    Atlanta, GA

11/16/2007 4:58:23 AM

Great tips

Mary    Omaha, NE

9/20/2006 9:04:28 AM

Number 34 is very important, even if you think you'd notice if your cat was somewhere before closing a door. I know Mystery loves to nose around in the fridge and am always careful when opening and closing the door. But once I accidentally closed her into the refrigerator. It took a few minutes for her to start howling, and by the time I found her she was very cold. PLEASE be careful, especially when opening and closing things in a hurry. They're quick little devils!! :)

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