Household Dangers: Keeping Curious Cats Safe at Home
Cats are naturally curious creatures who can easily get their paws, claws and mouths on toxic household products. Pet-proofing your home makes it safe for your curious pet to live and explore accident-free.
All Around Your Home:
- Never leave a window open without a screen! Screened windows protect your kitty from accidental falls and prevents them from escaping.
- Do your best to keep kittens and younger cats off of balconies and high decks.
- Certain plants may smell and look great, but beware! Azaleas, Autumn Crocus, English Ivy, Lilies, Daffodils, Sago Palm and Tulips are only a few examples of plants that are poisonous to your furry friend.
- If your kitten is teething or you have a cat who loves electrical cords, make sure cords are unplugged or covered to prevent electrocution.
- Be conscious of fire, candles and space heaters that may burn your cat.
- Keep plastic bags out of reach to prevent suffocation. In addition, some cats have a tendency to chew or consume plastic which is also a concern.
- Tiny, easily swallowed and sharp objects should not be left lying around. For example, children’s toys, earrings and hair-ties.
- Cats enjoy the warmth of engines. That’s why we urge you to check beneath your hood before turning the ignition, especially during colder winter months.
- Oddly enough, cats enjoy the taste and smell of windshield washer fluid and antifreeze. One teaspoon can be fatal! If your cat consumes even the smallest amount of anti-freeze, seek veterinary care right away.
- Dangerous chemicals, paint and gasoline are found in many garages. To avoid accidental poisoning, keep these products tightly sealed and out of reach.
The Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Room:
- Always close washer and dryer lids.
- Remember to close the toilet lid.
- Never leave a stove burner or iron on when you are not in the room. It only takes a second for your kitty to get burnt!
- Do your best to keep sharp knives off counter tops when you are not present.
- Bleach, ammonia and other dangerous chemicals should be tightly sealed and out of reach.
- Some personal care items are toxic and can harm your pet’s overall health, especially their gastrointestinal tract. For instance, makeup, antiperspirants, sunscreen, lotion and medications should be tightly sealed or out of reach.
In the Yard & Garden:
- Before you plant plants in your garden, consider if they are toxic to your cat. This is especially true for cats that explore outdoors.
- We all want to have a beautiful and lush front lawn and garden that is free of weeds, but chemicals used to treat lawns and gardens are toxic to cats. Therefore, if your cat spends time outdoors, please use caution.
- Keep hazardous garden tools in a safe and locked location to prevent injury.
- Cover hot tubs and swimming pools.
Choose Cat-Friendly Plants.
Herbs: Basil, Catnip, Chamomile, Dill, Parley & Chamomile.
Flowers: Petunias, Sunflowers, Impatiens, Blue Mist Shrub, Geraniums, Oat Grass, Wheat Grass, Asters, Moon Orchid, Cornflower, Maiden Grass & Zinnias.
Veggies: Cucumbers, Squash & Pumpkins.
- Some plants commonly adorn homes in celebration of the winter holidays, but are dangerous if ingested by your cat. For instance, Poinsettia, Holly, Mistletoe, Lilies, Daffodils, Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus and Christmas Trees.
- Tempting holiday decorations such as tinsel, Christmas tree lights and ornaments can lead to dangerous conditions if consumed.
- Since our feline friends are masters at jumping to high places, be mindful how you decorate your home for the holiday seasons.
Thanks to these pet-proofing tips, your cat can be curious and safe at home!