How to kitty proof your home

Kitten protection in your home is extremely important for the health and safety of your precious kitty. Once they are old enough to move around, they want to explore their new surroundings and investigate all those interesting smells.

Because kittens are so curious and small, it’s even more important to make sure yours is safe. This means keeping all doors and drawers closed. I don’t just mean the doors to the various rooms in your house, you should keep the pantry door closed, all the cabinet doors in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, all the cabinet doors in the bedrooms and the doors of your elegant entertainment unit. If you have one. Kittens love to investigate, but then they get tired very easily and often fall asleep wherever they are. This means that they could lock themselves in the pantry overnight if they managed to get in there. Make sure you know where your kitty is before you close the doors!

Kitties also get into places you’d never think of: under chairs, behind furniture and curtains, behind the refrigerator, and, when they’re a little older, in the front-loading washer or clothes dryer if they are at the level that the kitten can jump on top of. They will curl up in a pile of clothes on the floor or in clothes on the floor in children’s rooms. Make sure you know where your kitty is before you start washing him!

Be very careful with kittens and electrical wires. Kittens’ teeth and claws are incredibly sharp and bite into power cords. Keep the wires wrapped in packing tape so they are too thick to fit in the kitty’s mouth. Try not to have dangling strings, your kitty will want to climb them. If you must have dangling wires, place contact paper sticky side up in front of them or aluminum foil. Your kitty won’t want to walk on either surface.

One of the best ways to keep your kitty safe is to provide her with plenty of toys to play with. Having something to chase and jump at will distract him from chewing on your wires or furniture. Spend time playing with your kitty, teaching her the skills she needs to catch prey. Have a variety of household toys on hand, such as a box full of crumpled up newspapers, a pen hanging from a table, an old ball of yarn, or an old table tennis or badminton shuttlecock. Then, when you see your kitty heading somewhere you don’t want her to play, you can distract her with a toy. Kittens are like toddlers in that they have a short attention span. Distract them and they forget what they were going to do.

You don’t have to do much to kitty-proof your home. Just use your common sense about dangers, have plenty of toys available, and make sure you know where your kitten is at all times, just like you would with a small child.

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