Kittenproofing for Safety

Follow these six tips to help keep your home safe for your kitten.

By Arnold Plotnick, DVM

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The best way to treat emergencies is to prevent them. This is accomplished by kittenproofing your home. Kittens get into everything closets, drawers, garbage cans, toilets, boxes, bags, sofa cushions and more.

1. If you have children, go through your home and pick up all toys less than 2 inches in length.

2. Pick up any coins, paper clips, rubber bands, ribbons, string, tape and other small objects a curious kitten might swallow.

3. Keep cleaning supplies and chemicals locked away.

4. Be mindful of electric cords, as kittens enjoy chewing on them, risking electrocution.

5. Household plants (fresh and dried) can be toxic.

6. Make certain that your windows are always closed and fitted with sturdy screens and screen locks. Kittens seek out high places, and an open window ledge can spell disaster.

The few hours it takes to kittenproof your home may be the best investment in your kitten's future.
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Tommy    Muskogee, OK

9/24/2014 11:40:44 AM

There is a product that works well for keeping cats out of the Christmas Tree. Its called the Christmas Tree Defender and its found on the website www.petguardianproducts.com or www.christmastreedefender.com also I bought it from Amazon

Amazing product as it protects cats and small pets from all dangers of the Christmas Tree.

It is the best product I have found to keep cats out of the Christmas Tree. Great Product!

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

3/21/2013 11:09:24 PM

Good to remember if you have kids too.

Gertrude    Knowharelend, WV

2/16/2007 6:30:41 AM

Well that sure was a purdy thingie-ma-jigger you gots there!

miley    albune, TN

2/3/2007 6:57:14 AM

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