If you are considering bringing a kitten into your home or recently have, you will want to make sure that your house is kitten-proof. All kittens will be curious about their new environment and will go exploring and search out new ways to make trouble. Kitten-proofing your home will ensure a safe environment for your new pet.
One of the first basic things to do to kitten-proof your home is to get used to shutting cupboard doors and all drawers after use. A kitten can get into a very small space and there are many things in a typical home that would be dangerous for a feline. There are many chemicals in a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room that kittens need to be kept away from. Kittens can also get in somewhere and fall asleep and end up trapped with they wake up. It's also a good idea to keep them away from your food and tableware for everyone's safety.
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Always be aware of a kitten crawling under a recliner or rocking chair. The reclining mechanisms and weight of a rocking chair can crush a kitten very easily. Some kittens will crawl under loose cushions, pillows, or blankets. Be cautious when sitting down or getting into bed until you get to know where your kitty likes to spend time.
Hanging electrical chords can also be tempting for kittens. They can dig their claws into the chords to try to climb them or chew on them out of boredom or curiosity.
A good way to combat a kitten's boredom and curiosity is to provide toys for it to play with and safe places for it to explore. Cat toys come in many shapes and sizes. Kitten toys can even be things you may already have around the house. It can be a blast to watch a kitten playing with a small ball or feather. Yarn is also a popular play to for kittens.
The best way to make sure your new kitten is safe is to give him or her a safe environment to live and play in. Kitten-proof you home and provide kitten toys and you and your pet can enjoy one others company for years to come.