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How to Catproof your Home

Updated on April 21, 2016

Cats love to hide and explore and often get themselves into trouble. It is important to make sure you make your home is safe for a curious cat. They can climb, jump, crawl and squeeze themselves into the most surprising places. They will chase and examine things they find lying around, sniff and tear into packages and Burrow into small places.

Warm Cosy Places

Cats love warm cosy places so a tumble dryer is the perfect place to cuddle up in. To avoid accidentally shutting your cat inside the washer or dryer be sure to keep the door closed at all times and check there are no cats inside before turned the appliances on. Cats are fast movers and can easily slip in while your back is turned loading and adding detergent.

Nice Cosy Tumble Dryer

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Injured Tail

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Getting into Places They Can't Get Out Of

Cats are notorious for getting into places you would not expect. They seem to be able to squeeze into the smallest places. However, they often cannot find their way back out. Doors are a good example of this. They squeeze though a small opening when a door is ajar or closing and then are stuck in the room they are in. Doors also present a potential injury situation for a cat and has led to tail amputation for some. A closing door, especially one that closes in a draft can trap a tail causing a serious injury. Make sure to look behind you when closing doors and cupboards as cats often make a quick dash to get in when you are not looking.

This cat climbed inside a dog crate and the door closed behind him, causing him to be caught inside

Cat exploring a dog crate
Cat exploring a dog crate | Source

Appliances

The dishwasher is another warm place to hang out for sleepy cats, it is dark, enclosed and often warm. Always check before turning on your appliances to ensure no one is hiding inside.

Cats are often intrigued by water
Cats are often intrigued by water | Source

Water

Some cats love water, others hate it. Whichever type of cat you have, water can be a potential danger area for felines. A kitten could fall in the toilet or bath of water and be unable to get out. keep doors closed when using the bathroom and always keep toilet lids down when not in use.

Medicines and Cleaning Products

Keep medicines and cleaning products away in cupboards. Installing childproof latches are a good idea as cats can open doors if they are determined to especially the smooth shutting doors often used today. You are also more likey to close the door properly when using latches and not leave them ajar. Cats may lick scratch or chew spray bottles and swallow medicines that are not kept away safely. A child-proof medicine lid might not keep out a cat who can chew and bite the container.

Plants

Cats love to eat grass and it can be purchased from pet stores for this purpose. There are some house plants and outdoor plants however that are poisonous or irritating to cats. Keeps plants in areas not accessible to cats or do not have them in your home.

Plants Hazardous to Cats

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Poinsettia
Mistletoe
Azaleas
Holly
Boxwood
Wisteria
Hydrangea
Oleander

Ornaments and Heavy Objects

Cats like to investigate, jump and climb on objects while exploring. Remove objects that can be easily broken or smashed when knocked over. Not only with the object be damaged, broken pieces may be stept on or chewed causing injury. Furniture items such as bookshelves, cupboards, desks and cabinets need to be secured so that they do not fall over if a cat jumps onto them. A Christmas tree is an inviting place to explore and hid, however it contains a wide range of dangers including ornaments, electric wires from lights, pine needles and the possibility of tipping over.

Cat Hiding Inside a Christmas Tree

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Boxes, Packaging, Bags and Trash

Cats love to snuggle in bags and boxes. Always check before disposing and storing of these type of items to make sure a cat hasn't curled up inside. Curiosity leads cats and kittens to investigate all sorts of places and anything that seems box like will be a magnet to their investigations. If a dresser drawer is left open a cat may crawl behind the drawer and get stuck when the drawer get shut.

Cats Snuggling in a Collection of Shopping Bags

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Electrical Cables/Hanging and Dangling Cords

Some cats like to chew cables so it is a good idea to unplug electrical items when not in use and keep extra cables tucked behind appliances when possible. Anything that is dangling is inviting for a cat to swipe and jump up for. A pull cord for a window blind is a perfect example of this type of attraction. Make sure any cords are out of reach or tied up to prevent choking incidents.

Kitchen Dangers

Boling pots on the hob and the door opening of a hot oven are examples of cat dangers in the kitchen. Kittens and cats like to pull and climb up tablecloths, pulling the table contents onto of them.

Although keeping your cat or kitten safe may seem like a daunting task, with a few adjustments to your home you can avoid many of the dangers. A good rule of thumb is to remove anything that you would consider dangerous for a toddler or small child. Removing all these dangers will go a long way to keep your cat out of harms way.

Anything warm is inviting to a cat!

Cat having a nap on a warm keyboard.
Cat having a nap on a warm keyboard. | Source

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