One of the good rules of thumb to apply here is to think about having a toddler around, only a toddler in miniature size – mobile, curious but tiny! This means that you need to consider your home in terms of potential kitty hazards before the kitten gets too old and “into everything”. Although there is something that you’d have to do to create a safe home for your toddler that aren’t necessary for a kitten (such as power sockets and drawer locks), there are a few things you should look at with a critical eye as to whether or not they present a danger to your kitty.
If it’s hanging, or trailing, and it moves then it’s a toy to your kitten! Make sure that you tie up all loose wire and cables or use cable tacks and attach them firmly to walls or along the baseboard, counter top, up desk legs, etc. so that there’s nothing to attract your cat’s attention. If he pulls a cable on your tea kettle, or computer keyboard, there’s a big possibility that the item will end up on the floor and need replaced even if the kitten is unharmed, so it makes sense to prevent this happening. Trailing plants such as ivy may also need to be secured, although if kitty finds it, this could be just as hazardous to the plant as the kitten!
A kitten can also easily find itself entwined in – and possibly choke with - hanging fixings such as those on window treatments and lamps, so tie these up out of the kitten’s way – if he doesn’t see it moving, he won’t be attracted to it.
Like magpies, kittens are also drawn to small things that sparkle but which can be lethal if they swallow them so put your jewelry away in a box where he can’t see it.
Other small things such as paper clips, rubber bands, thumb tacks, threads from a sewing box, are all possible toys that are dangerous to you kitten so use commonsense when finding a place to store these once you have a kitty in your home.
Although kitties can’t open bottles or containers which have poisonous liquids in them, it is possible for them to poison themselves by consuming toxic substances in other formats so be careful where you spray bug spray, and cleaning materials.
This may seem like being overly cautious, but before you switch on any appliance such as the microwave, oven, washer or dryer, make sure that the kitten has not found its way inside! What a kitten loves as much as his toys is warmth, and it will seek out the warm places in your home. A quick check will ensure a tragic accident doesn’t occur.
Kittens are tiny and fragile, and they have no concept of danger, so limiting the number of potential hazards will create a safer environment for your kitten to explore.
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