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Kittenproofing Your Home

Are you going to be bringing a kitten into your household soon? Congratulations! Here at your local Niwot, CO veterinary clinic, we love to see kitties going to great new homes. You definitely have lots of adorable moments in store for you as your new feline friend settles in. If there’s one thing kittens are known for, it’s getting into mischief. To keep your tiny furball safe as she explores this big new world around her, you’ll need do some kittenproofing.

Here are a few tips:

Cords

Secure all cords and wires, including drape cords, as these pose serious choking hazards. Needless to say, your kitten could really injure herself if she bites into a live wire! There’s also the possibility that little Fluffy could tug on the wrong cord and pull a lamp or appliance onto herself.

Plastic Bags

Plastic grocery bags, as well as the plastic rings from soda or water packs, can be very dangerous to a tiny furball. Keep these items safely locked away in cupboards or other secure spots.

Appliances

Large appliances, such as washers and dryers, can make tempting exploration areas for a curious little kitten. Be sure to keep these things closed, and check before shutting them to be sure little Fluffy didn’t hop inside. We also recommend keeping the lid down on your toilet.

Craft Kits

Sewing kits, paint sets, scrapbooking kits, and other craft supplies often contain small bits and pieces that pose serious choking hazards. Make sure to keep all of these items well out of the reach of those cute little paws!

Chemicals

Cleaning products, pesticides, automotive products, and other chemicals can be very dangerous to your feline friend. Be sure to keep these things well out of Fluffy’s reach. Medicines should also be stored in a secure spot.

Plants

Many popular household plants are toxic to our feline friends. If you’re not sure whether your houseplants are safe, check the ASPCA site here for a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants, and be sure to remove any dangerous ones.

Small Objects

We recommend moving any small, breakable objects, such as figurines, and putting them somewhere your tiny furball can’t reach them. This is as much to protect your belongings as your kitten!

Please contact us, your local Niwot, CO veterinary clinic, for all of your kitten’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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