How to Kitten-Proof Your Home

You’ve got all the supplies, you’ve read all the books, and you’re finally ready to bring home a new kitten. Are you sure your home itself is ready? Use these tips from a Colorado Springs vet to make sure.

Physical Hazards

Go through each room in your home, checking for obvious physical hazards. These might include loose wires, exposed cords, air vents, fireplaces, unsteady objects, plastic bags, or tight spots where a kitten could easily get stuck. Even an open toilet presents a hazard—small animals can fall in and have a hard time getting out! Do whatever you can to minimize the risk of these hazards.

Store Food Safely

Take a look around your kitchen. Make sure all hazardous human foods are stored safely out of your kitten’s reach—a curious animal might get into trouble if they come in contact with these dangerous substances. Remember that chocolate, candy, avocado, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, and alcohol are very dangerous for pets, among other foods. Ask your vet for a complete list of foods to watch out for, and store anything you’re unsure about in a sealed cabinet or drawer.

Poison Check

You may not even be aware of the various poisons already in your home. Check to make sure insecticides, cleaning solutions, certain perfumes, antifreeze, and hazardous flowers are kept safely out of your kitten’s reach. Your veterinarian can tell you more about dangerous substances that might be in your home, so ask for a thorough list to keep your kitten safe.

Family Meeting

Sometime before you bring your kitten home, schedule a family meeting so that everyone in your household is aware of the proper protocol. Discuss where your kitten will be spending time, what she eats, what hazards to be aware of, and how to keep her safe.

Ask your Colorado Springs veterinarian about other great ways to kitten-proof your home, as well as everything you’ll need to know to raise a healthy and happy pet!