If you are going to be bringing a cat into your home to enjoy as a new pet, you will need to take safety precautions in each room to keep it safe. Cats tend to explore and if they are curious, some items in your home can cause them injury. For this reason, it is important to do preparations by cat-proofing your home to avoid the risk of an accident occurring. Here are some ways you can make your own home safer for your arriving pet.
Keep Wires Out Of The Way
Cats often bite at wires. This can cause not only the inability to charge your phone or use an appliance when you wish, but also the risk of an electrical shock to your cat. To keep this from happening, plug your electrical items into a power strip. You can keep it unplugged until you need to use one of the items plugged into it. This will give you the peace of mind the cat will not have an incident while you are not at home. Plastic wire covers are an alternate method in wire protection. The wires are safely housed underneath covers you place over them, keeping the cat from getting near them as a result.
Hide Stringed Items
If a cat gets a hold of a piece of string, it can choke, get string tangled around its tongue, or even experience intestinal problems. Replace items with fringe, such as bedding or curtains, with new ones made with plain material. If you have blinds or draperies with cords, do not let them drape down into view of your cat. Instead tuck them along the upper edge of the window covering to hide them from your pet.
Remove Poisonous Plants
If you keep plants inside your home, it is important to know which ones can pose a poisonous risk to your new cat. Even non-poisonous foliage can be a risk as your cat may chew at the leaves, leading to gastrointestinal upset. It is best to keep any houseplants in a room your cat will not access.
There are a few cat-friendly plants that won’t cause stomach troubles. Cat grass and cat nip plants are both easy to grow and will not cause your pet harm. Consider placing one of these in a room where you cat does frequent so they are able to satisfy the natural urge to chew upon greenery.
Keep Enclosures Closed
Because cats like dark and quiet places, your cat may try getting into an open washing machine or dryer. To avoid an unnecessary demise, make sure all enclosed areas are closed until they need to be used. Always take the time to check that the enclosure is empty before using it. Keep toilet seat lids down as well so your cat does not slip inside. Make sure screens are secured in windows before you leave the window open. It is a good idea to keep a window cracked instead of all the way open so your cat does not fall out of the window if the screen gets loose.
For more information about how to prepare your home for a new feline friend, contact a local vet clinic, such as Pet Medical Center – Full Service Veterinary Care.