Cat-proofing: Making your home a safe haven for your cats
Cats have 9 lives. Hmmm… probably, but that is not something that we would want to prove at our cat’s expense. They are naturally curious even with things that are harmful or even fatally hazardous to them, hence the phrase, “curiosity…” Well, you know the drill.
Having a pet is like taking care of a baby. They depend on us to keep them away from harm and to keep our homes a sanctuary where they can safely roam.
Here are a few ways on how you can catproof your home:
1. Steer Away from poisonous plants
If you want to start your own herb garden or if you are thinking of growing some plants indoors, it is best to consult your local botanist or horticulturist to know more on which plants you can plant at home with your pet cat and which plants you should steer away from.
2. Avoid harsh and abrasive cleaning materials
A lot of cleaning agents are toxic to cats, hence ensure that these chemicals are locked and are out of their paw’s reach. Avoid using strong bleach or cleaners to disinfect their litter box, as the fumes are not only bad for them, but it could also put them off using their kitty box.
3. Keep pills and medicines away
Some pills look like kitty treats, and your cat doesn’t know any better. He/she might think it’s a kibble and this negligence on the part of the owner could cost a cat’s life.
4. Be wary of breakables
As I have mentioned in one of my previous posts, cats love knocking things off tables. Of course, they are not aware that a shard of glass could cut their paws when they jump down. They don’t know that they could topple over tall furniture that could fall on them when they try to climb it.
Hence, for a catproof home, make sure to secure tall but light furniture to the wall and avoid putting glass or ceramic pieces near the edges.
5. Check your appliances before turning them on
Really, check them first, especially washing machines. And for the love of all things cute and cuddly, don’t leave them open because they could seem inviting to your cats. Some owners don’t notice that their cats are inside the washer; they close the cover, and then turn up the machine.
Please, cat-proof your home and make your cat feel how much you love and care for them.