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Kittenproofing Tips

Has a baby cat just joined your household? Good for you! You are certainly in for a lot of adorable moments. Kittens are almost impossibly cute! Baby cats do take a lot of work, however. Our feline friends are basically tiny, super cute bundles of mischief when they are little. As your new pet starts exploring her new domain, you’ll need to take some precautions to keep her safe. An Omaha, NE vet discusses some kittenproofing tips in this article.

Small Objects

Small items, such as buttons, beads, safety pins, sewing needles, and craft kit pieces should all be kept in secure spots. You’ll also want to put away anything sharp and/or breakable.

Toxins

The average household contains many different things that are dangerous to pets. Medicines, household cleaning agents, automotive products are all toxic to your little buddy. Herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizer are also hazardous. Your furry friend could get sick just by walking through a recently-treated area and then licking her paws!

Plants

Make sure your home only contains plants that are safe for your feline friend. You can find a full directory of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here.

Ropes/Threads

Cats often love to play with dangling ropes. This can be very dangerous, as it’s easy for kittens to get entangled. Wires, cords, drape pulls, threads, and ropes are all possible hazards. If your furry pal likes string toys, you’ll also want to put these away when they aren’t in use.

Plastic

Plastic bags, wrappers, and ties are all serious choking hazards to a frisky furball. Keep these things well out of the reach of those cute little paws!

Appliances

Keep major appliances, such as washers, dryers, and toilets, shut when not in use. It’s much too easy for a tiny feline to jump or fall into them! We also recommend keeping a close eye on your adventurous little pet when doing laundry, just to be on the safe side.

Holes

Seal off any openings that your kitten could fit into, such as air ducts, vents, and the spaces below and behind furniture and cabinetry. You’ll also want to make sure that your doors and windows are kittenproof.

Is your kitten ready for microchipping or spay/neuter surgery? Does he or she need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? We can help! Please contact us, your local Omaha, NE animal clinic anytime!

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