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11 tips to secure the house before the arrival of a kitten

Tip 1: Close windows and skylights

If you live on a floor or in a house, it is imperative to close windows and skylights or to protect them with a special fence.

Above all, if you have just welcomed a kitten know that it does not have the balance and reflexes of an adult cat. He could fall from the roof or the balcony, which would be dramatic.

Tip 2: Check the air vents

The kitten loves to grip everywhere and especially the air vents. It is therefore very important to check their maintenance for 2 reasons:

  • if the grid comes off when the cat clings, it will fall and may hurt itself
  • if the grill comes loose, the cat may then enter, get lost and get stuck in your ventilation system

Tip 3: Closing spaces between home appliances

When your cat or kitten arrives at your place, it is possible that he/she is lost and that he tries to hide. Hiding, of course, but you also have to be able to recover it … So try to prevent clogging the spaces between home appliances and walls to limit this number of corner difficult to access.

Tip 4: Close the toilet seat

When your cat is small, he will sooner or later get on the toilet and risk being stuck in the bottom … There is even a worse scenario that I dare not describe here …

When he is older, he will be interested in this source of water and may go hydrate there …

It is, therefore, necessary at least to drop down the toilet. I recommend not to let the kittens enter the toilet because they are curious and can also play with toilet paper …

Tip 5: Place the lamps high and conceal the wires

If you want to keep your lights safe and prevent them from falling, try placing your lamps high, and bring them closer to the walls to prevent your cat from accidentally dropping it.

For kittens, try to hide the threads to prevent them from teething on them.

Tip 6: Protect cooking plates and pans with boiling water

As with children, you must protect your cooking plates and pay attention to any dish that is cooking. The cat is an animal that loves to jump on a table (or a plate), which is very playful and especially hyper curious. When cooking, you must first accustom your cat and then pay attention to what you leave unattended.

Tip 7: Close the lid of the trash

In the series of disasters, kittens and cats are hyper curious, they love the treasures … This garbage filled with detritus is one.

So 2 very good reasons to close the trash lid:

  • your cat will not put your garbage bin upside down to search
  • your kitten will not end up thrown to the junk chute inadvertently because he had fallen asleep in it …

Tip 8: Do not leave plastic bags and strings lying around

The cat is very playful, I remind you again. If he finds a bag, a string, or both, he will play (and watch for the needles for example). And there is a risk that he gets intoxicated with or chokes, like children … To move away …

Tip 9: tidy tools and toxic products

Stow all your tools and blunt objects to prevent your cat from getting hurt. For toxic products, put them in a closed place and do not forget the caps. Cats are particularly attracted by anti-rats, insecticides, antifreeze and bleach, so watch out.

Tip 10: Close the drum of the washer and dryer

The obsession of all cat lovers … The cat loves to rest quietly in a good pile of clothes or at the bottom of the drum of the washing machine … Attention so that it does not remain locked in your washing machine and your tumble dryer … there have already been too many accidents …

In addition to leaving them closed, before starting these machines, always immerse your hand in the drum to be sure it is not there.

Tip 11: Remove toxic plants for your cat

The list of toxic plants for the cat is long, you can find our article on this topic: toxic plants for the cat

It is important to keep them away from your cat, and best, to remove them from your habitat. The number of intoxication is quite low, but it exists (despite all the precautions taken now).

Conclusion

As you may have read in this article, the house can be filled with traps for our four-legged friends, especially when they are curious and skilful. It is then necessary to think everything in three dimensions, as with a child.

Nevertheless, if you follow our 11 tips to secure your home for your cat or kitten, then the risk should be greatly reduced.

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