Contrary to popular belief, cats are actually social and affectionate animals – making them one of the best pets to have at home. With more than 500 million domesticated cats in the world today, it makes sense to adopt one and give it a loving home and family.
When it comes to raising cats, however, they could be quite a handful since they are playful and curious in nature. But what’s even more difficult to raise is a younger cat; a kitten whose curiosity and energy know no bounds.
Part of the responsibility of caring for cats is keeping them safe. Unfortunately, even your house itself can prove dangerous for your cats. Here’s how you can keep your home safe for them.
- Poisonous Plants
One of the first things you have to do to keep your cats safe inside your own home is to make sure they do not ingest any poisonous plant. This would mean that you would need to do careful research as to what types of plants are toxic to cats and which ones are safe. Choosing to put only safe plants in your home would help a lot since cats have been known to munch on plants from time to time.
Toxic plants have all kinds of effects on cats including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and even death. Here are some of the most common plants that are toxic to cats.
Poisonous Plants for Cats
Regardless of whether it is yours or your cats’, you should never leave medications lying around. Medicine bottles could easily be confused by cats as toys especially with the shaking sound they make.
Keeping medicines inside a cabinet would be the right thing to do so that your cats don’t stumble upon them by mistake. Even cat medicine could be dangerous if it is accidentally ingested by cats in large amounts.
When it comes to giving medicines, however, you should consider all human meds as toxic to cats unless prescribed by a veterinarian.
- Cleaning Supplies & Chemicals
Just like with medicines, cleaning supplies and various chemicals should be hidden and stored in a place where cats wouldn’t be able to access them. Not only are cleaning supplies toxic to cats, they may also lead to the development of certain health conditions like liver and kidney diseases that could no doubt shorten the lifespan of a cat.
Applying these chemicals and cleaning supplies inside your home should be done carefully. When used on a toilet, make sure that you close the lid so that your pet does not accidentally drink the water containing the chemicals.
Other chemicals would include pesticides, insecticides, and even rodenticides. Ingesting these chemicals may cause bleeding, seizures, and even kidney damage. Furthermore, it would seem a bit counterintuitive for you to use rodenticides when cats themselves are natural rodent killers.
Windows have become one of the biggest hazards for cats. In fact, you can’t even imagine the number of cats that sadly passed away after accidentally falling from a high window.
To prevent this, it would be a great idea for you to properly screen your windows and even your doors to keep your cat from becoming an escape artist or to avoid them from falling to their deaths.
Declawing your cat not only protects your pet from the pain of overgrown claws; it also helps keep your furniture safe.
When declawing your cat, you can basically use a regular nail clipper for the task. However, you would need to make sure that you do not accidentally cut the living part of the claw – the area of the nail with the most blood vessels.
Just to be safe, you can hire professional groomers or even a vet to conduct the claw clipping for you.
It’s not uncommon for people to feed their cats scrap from the dining table. However, you should be really careful when giving human food to cats because there are a lot of them that had been proven toxic.
Chocolates, for example, are known to be toxic for both cats and dogs because they contain methylxanthines which have been known to cause diarrhea, vomiting, and hyperactivity among many others.
Grapes, raisins, avocados, and gum all contain xylitol that could quickly incapacitate cats while their bodies are being poisoned. Onions too are toxic to cats and can cause hemolytic anemia wherein the red blood cells are destroyed.
- Household Appliances
Since cats are known to seek out solitary places, you may want to check large appliances such as your dryer and washing machine. This is because they might be hiding inside these appliances. Accidentally locking them in could prove fatal as they could suffer from heatstroke or worse, you might turn these appliances on while the cat is still inside.
Always remember to close your trash cans because your cats might rummage through the garbage and pick up all sorts of diseases. They could also get injured by the trash inside the bin or by the bin itself. When you buy trash cans, go for the plastic ones so that there wouldn’t be any sharp edges.
- Electric Cords
When it comes to cats, everything is a toy; including electrical wiring. For this reason, you should make your cords out of reach by kittens because they would be able to ingest the wirings, get entangled up in them, or worse, get electrocuted.
The best way to go with hiding your electric cords is by tucking them up behind the top of the blinds.
Cats, especially playful kittens, seem to be obsessed with balls of wool, yarn or string. While it may be fun to watch them play around and get entangled, it’s definitely not worth the harm that may fall upon them. There is also the risk of them swallowing the string and when this happens, it might saw through the insides of your pet kitty.