Cat-Proof Your Home

Kittens and cats are lively and curious, which can lead them into serious trouble unless you take preventative measures!

It’s practically impossible to totally cat-proof your home against accidents, but for your cat’s safety, here are some suggestions. And remember, that your cat has a lower vantage point than your own – like a baby who has begun to crawl – and may be attracted to things you do not see when you are standing.

·         Securely screen all windows to help prevent falls. Keep your cat off balconies, upper porches and high decks.

 

·         Securely store poisonous materials. Keep these in tightly closed areas where your cat cannot gain access.  Remember, cats are handy little creatures and have been known to open cabinets and doors. Some common materials that are posonous to cats include: Antifreeze * Cleaning Supplies * Disinfectants * Fertilizer * Laundry Detergent & Bleach * Medications * Rodent/Ant/Inscet Poison * Paint & Paint Thinnner * Mothballs * Pesticides

 

·         Remove  poisonous houseplants or place them in hanging baskets completely out of your cat’s reach. Ask your veterinarian or university agricultrual extension service for a complete lis of dangerous plants. Some of the more common plants which are poisonous to cats are include here on the left.

 

·         Keep toilet lids down. Cats may play in the water and the lid could close and trap them. Also, residual toilet bowl cleanser left in the bowl is harmful if swallowed.

 

·         Store plastic bags away from your cats reach. Your cat could get trapped inside and suffocate, or she might chew and swallow bits of plastic, which could be harmful to her.

 

·         Keep exposed electrical & telephone cords as short as possible, or secure them against a baseboard so your cat can’t play with or chew them. Cord covers are also available.

Keeping your cat indoors provides the ultimate safety. Cats who go outdoors are exposed to disease, fights with other animals, automobiles and the possibility of becoming lost. Indoor cats tend to live longer, healthier lives!

Common

Houseplants Poisonous to Cats

Philodendron

Ivy

Mistletoe

Rubber Plant

Iris

Clematis

Azalea

Lillies

Poinsettia

Corn Plant

Rhododendron

Morning Glory

Oleander

Amaryllis

Daffodil

Dumb Cane

Holly

Narcissus

Buckeye

Iris

Yew

Castor Bean

Cyclamen

Daphne

Foxglove

Precatory Bean

 

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