A CAT PROOFED HOME IS A CAT SAFE HOME
A kitten-proofed home is a cat safe home whatever the age of your new pet. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone and not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former “outside” cats, who may never have walked on wooden floors, carpets or tiles, or been exposed to so many unfamiliar sights before.
Begin the process of cat proofing by walking through your home, room by room, searching for things a cat might climb, knock over or pull down, and either secure, remove or store them. Keep all trashcans behind closed and latched doors and wastebaskets (covered if possible) out of sight. Ensure that all heating/airvents have covers. Snap specially designed plastic caps over electrical outlets. Tie electrical cords together and tuck them out of reach. Install childproof latches to keep inquisitive paws from prying open cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms, and ALWAYS keep toilet lids down. In bedrooms, keep all medications, lotions and cosmetics off accessible surfaces such as bedside tables.
Although prevention is the key to your new cat’s wellbeing, accidents can and do happen. The truly protective pet parents are prepared pet parents and know to keep a list of vital numbers handy including your veterinarian and your local 24-hour veterinary emergency clinic. Hopefully, these are numbers you’ll never use. And as long as you remain vigilant, both you and your new, best furry friend can rest, assured.