For the first 6 to 12 months of their lives, kittens can be destructive, and need you to ensure you keep your house and garden safe for them. This list will seem like a lot of work, but is all easy enough to do once you are in the habit. Plus a lot of the dangers (such as chewing electrical cords) are mainly for when they are kittens! Once they have lost their baby teeth and grown adult teeth, the chewing will slow down and eventually stop!
Even if you have adopted an adult cat, please read over this as well to ensure your home is safe for your new pet.
- Think of them as a toddler – they will pick up anything and they won’t know what is dangerous to them!
- Look at your house with the eyes of a cat – anything that looks like a fun toy – hide it!
- This means little things like cleaning up split washing powder/dishwasher powder, not leaving cupboard half open for them to get into, etc.
- Cover electrical cords (computer cords, mobile phone chargers, dvd and tv cables, washing machine cords, lamp cords, etc) with covers sold for this purpose. Do not wrap them as you could cause a fire. If a cat chews through electrical cords they will be electrocuted.
- Don’t think a super high shelf is inaccessible – they will always find a way – they are serious little monkeys!
- Be careful of curtain cords – they can hang or strangle him!
- Don’t have open bins, unless you want them not just eating the rubbish that could kill them, but spreading the bins contents over the house
- Always keep the clothes dryer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, etc, closed – cats love dark little nooks to sleep in. Please always check inside these machines before switching them on!
- Careful if you leave a drawer open, that when you shut it, kitty isn’t behind the drawer – you will hurt him if you close it on him!
- Always keep the lid of the toilet down, or if possible, the toilet or bathroom door shut at all times.
- Laundry cupboards, bathroom cupboards, and under the kitchen sink cupboards should be firmly closed. These cupboards usually contain chemicals and cleaners that are very dangerous to your kitten.
- Be wary of cleaners sitting on surfaces too. For example, some cats like to go in the shower and drink the water on the shower base; if you have put a cleaner on there and not locked him out the room you will end up with a sick kitty!
- Keep your garage off limits to the kitten – there are often a lot of poisons and chemicals kept in there that will hurt him too.
- If you have indoor plants, please discuss with your vet if they are poisonous to cats. A lot of common plants are lethal if ingested by the cat.
- If your cat will go outdoors, clear your garden of snail bait, rat poison, mouse traps, etc. Anything that looks dangerous or is a chemical of any description will hurt your cat.
Things to lock away:
- Plastic bags
- Anything you don’t want chewed
- Anything breakable (ornaments, etc)
- Needles and threads
- Rubber bands
- Any many more!
Lilies are extremely toxic to cats, and no access to flowers, leaves or bulbs should be allowed – all parts of the plant are toxic and ingestion of lilies is often fatal.