You have finally decided to purchase a new kitten and you are excited to bring it home and welcome the new member into your family.
However, once the excitement high comes to an end you realize that this tiny four-legged creature is 100% dependent on you. So you need to make sure that they have a safe environment to live in . . . Now the panic sets in!
But if you take the time before your new kitten comes home and kitten proof the home; you can ensure that your cat will have a safe environment to live in for a lifetime.
Here is a quick guide to help you get a good start to kitten proofing your home.
1. Living Room & Bedrooms
Make sure all of the power cords are out of sight and out of reach. This is because they pose a great danger as it can cause burns, electrocution and can also become a choking hazard.
Also do a quick scan of any breakable item that your kitten can reach and put them in a safe place where your kitten will not have access to those items.
In addition, make sure that there isn’t any strings, yarn or ribbon on the floor as this can also pose a threat.
2. Kitchen & Laundry
A kitchen or a laundry room has many household chemicals and cleaners that are present. For example, bleach, ammonia and soap are items that cats can easily get into if they are accessible in your cabinets.
Therefore, it is important to put some kind of safety lock on the cabinets so that your kitten can not get their paws on them. Also, it is important to keep your cat away from the room that you are cleaning as your kitten can lick the chemicals off the floor or surfaces.
You also need to make sure that the kitchen waste is not reachable/accessible for your kitten as certain human foods and products are poisonous to cats.
Kittens also love to curl up into small spaces; therefore, it is a good idea to block off areas like the refrigerator, oven, and washer, dryer, and other appliances.
Before you turn on the dishwasher or the washing machine make sure you check inside of it before turning it on as your cat may have got inside it.
A bathroom also has many threatening chemicals that can hurt your kitten. For instance, items like shampoo, cosmetics, creams and medications can have toxic chemicals that can make your kitten sick.
Make sure that they are locked away and tightly closed. Also, make sure that you scan the floors and counters and make sure that there are no pins, hair ties, razors, dental floss that have fallen.
In addition, it is important to make sure that the toilet seat is always down; as many kittens have drowned by falling into the toilet.
Many homeowners like to decorate their home with fresh plants to add color and to decorate. But when you bring your new kitten home it is important to note that there are certain plants that are toxic to cats and can sometimes even cause your cat to die.
Therefore, it is important to educate and be aware of which plants are cat friendly and which are not.
The following is a list of plants that are known to be toxic to cats:
- Autumn Crocus
- Azaleas and Rhododendrons
- Castor Bean
- English Ivy
- Peace Lily
5. Necessities for your Kitten
When bringing home a new kitten you need to make sure that he or she has all the necessities to make them feel comfortable and safe.
Some of the things you want to make sure that you have in the home include:
- Litter Box
- Cat Food
- Collars / Identification
- Grooming Tools
If you have any questions with regards to what you need in order to bring up a kitten in a safe environment it is always a good idea to consult your veterinarian or a friend who owns a cat.
6. A Safe Room
When picking up your kitten to bring home for the first time it can be really terrifying for them. This is because you are taking them from the only environment that they know and feel comfortable with.
For that reason, it is a good idea to have a safe room that is only for them to stay in until they feel comfortable with their new home. It can be a small room, a closet or a corner as long as they have a space that is all to themselves.
This safe room will make sure that your kitten has a place to go when they feel frightened, threatened or just a place to relax and sleep. Also, sometimes your veterinarian needs to isolate your cat after getting treatments done.
When setting up the safe room you want to make sure that there is not too much stuff in it. All your cat really needs is food and water, litter box, bed and some toys.
7. Final Look
Before you pick up your kitten and bring him or her home make sure you take one last look around the house. Make sure that there are not any tiny spaces exposes, small or loose objects and all chemical products are put away.