Having a cat around your home can be pretty lovely and fun. But just as with kids, there are some things that you'll have to think about and certain changes you'll have to make in order to ensure that your home is safe for your pet. Here are a few things to consider that will help keep your cat safe and healthy.
1. Make Sure Lids are Always Closed: At any time, your cat could be thirsty and looking for the nearest open can or dish to sip from. Filled containers around your home should always be kept closed. For some cats that aren’t taste and smell sensitive, she may find her way into them when she’s very thirsty. This is also true with the toilet. The toilet seat should be kept down. Laundry and garbage cans, as well as the washer, should also be kept closed. Surely you wouldn't want to see your lovely kitty getting trapped somewhere that may be harmful to them.
2. Some Plants Aren’t Healthy for Your Cat: Constant exposure of your cat to some house plants such as mistletoe, poinsettia, lilies and philodendron may make your kitten or cat very ill. Similarly, while he creeps around the garden, some garden plants like daffodils and azaleas are known to raise allergies and are toxic to cats. So, while we want to keep our homes beautiful with colorful plants and flowers, we have to also consider the health of one of our favorite residents.
3. Keep Your Windows Secure and Screened: Especially windows on high floor levels should be kept closed to prevent your cat from falling and potentially getting injured. Even for windows on lower levels and in cases where you need to ventilate a room, make sure that your cat is kept away from that area or use protective screens (not mosquitoes screen) to screen your window.
4. Hide String, Tinsel, and Small Objects: Cats have difficulty spitting out objects because of their tongue anatomy. Thus, your cat can possibly swallow a small object they were trying to chew or play with. It is also important to be very careful with ribbons and strings used for wrapping gifts as they can tangle around your cat and make them uncomfortable.
5. Keep Medicines and Chemicals Away: Curiosity and the beautiful colors of some things around your home can attract your cat. Chemicals, cleaning liquids and medicine should be kept in a closed cabinet or locked away.
Remember, your cat can jump to high heights so merely placing potentially harmful items on high shelves isn't enough. Such things must be locked away to be certain that your cat won't be able to get to them.
6. Hide Electrical Cords: Particularly, kittens love to paw and chew. She may be chewing a cord that is passing current putting her in danger of electric shock. Sometimes, cats may get tangled with the cords and may pull heavy appliances such as the radio or pressing iron off of their base.
Also, make sure that the cords connecting your computer or television are well tucked away and not messy behind these appliances. Preferably, use a type of brace to hold sets of cords together where they can easily be tucked away. For situations where there is no alternative to hide cords, you can use bitter tasting pet spray frequently on the cords to prevent your cat from chewing and biting them.
7. Get Her Favorite Toys Stocked Up: You can keep your cat busy with some fun toys to play with. Fake mice and jingle bells are some favorites that she'll love to play around with. And these toys can also help you track where your cat is based on where the sound is coming from.
Though she might run up to nap on your lap sometimes, keeping your cat busy with these toys will make it more likely that she won’t get into trouble around your home.
8. Guard Escape Route: Where you wish to keep your cat indoors, you have to make sure that any possible route of escape is always closed. This is necessary because your cat will be on the watch for an opportunity to escape when a route is available.
Patience is key. Like you would do for a young child learning to understand the world gradually for the first time, you have to be patient with your cat especially when he's new to the environment. If necessary, start by keeping him in a separate room where he gets exposed to those things you want him to learn, then gradually allow him into other parts of the house while keeping an eye on him. With just a little time and effort, your home will become a comfortable and safe environment for your cat.