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How To Kitten Proof A House:
I recommend always keeping a young kitten contained in a safe and comfortable place when you are not able to supervise it. As they grow up less supervision is necessary. But be vigilant when they are very young. Because, just like a human youngsters, kittens are highly likely to get into trouble on their path to adulthood. It’s Murphy’s Law again!
Some things to watch out for are:
Furniture and tall scratching posts, and ones that have no easy way for a young kitten to get down.
Electricity cords usually are a usually passing interest and are not much of a problem with a kitten. Puppies are another matter!. But make sure to keep them safe for a while.
Any and all household detergents, cleaners, personal hygiene products and such-like can be suspect items for cats. Make sure all are safe from little paws, stashed away in cupboards or up on unreachable shelves.
Toys and other items with longs strings should not be left lying around. It is very easy for an energetic kitten to get wrapped up in string.
Make sure all the family knows to keep your toilet lid closed.
The same goes for doors leading outside. Fit automatic closers where possible.
Keep doors to bedrooms closed until your kitten is older. Potty accidents most often happen on beds.
Also keep soiled human laundry up off the floor and out of potty vicinity until your kitten is older.
Make sure there is no little holes in furniture and fitting where your new kitten can get caught or hung up.
House plants can be poisonous. A lot of popular potted plants are actually toxic for cats. Check out those that you own before bringing your new kitten into the home.
Safe And Healthy Kitten Environment:
Consider where your new kitten is going to live. A lot of breeders will insist your kitten be kept indoors, for the following benefits:
- less inclined to get hurt
- no getting into fights with other cats
- less inclined to be stolen
- Little chance of being poisoned by the local “cat hater”
- can’t simply wander away never to be seen again
- tend to be more people-oriented
- less chance of picking up parasites or diseases
- neighbors won’t complain about your cat pooing or scratching in their garden!
- the local wildlife is safe from your little predator
Personally, I like my all cats to have safe and secure access to outside time every day, because it is simply good for them. They need to get the dirt beneath their feet and roll in the grass. And the odd grasshopper here and there helps to give them good exercise and fun, and stimulate their natural prey drive.
So, if you have a cat enclosure or cat-safe fencing, it is very healthful for your new kitten to be able to enjoy the outdoors and play in safety. Cat safety enclosures can be made quite cheaply if you’re a handy with tools, using trawler mesh for the safety netting.
Desexing Your New Kitten:
If you are buying you kitten from a registered breeder or a cat rescue, then it is likely that they will already be spayed or neutered. Otherwise it should be done prior to your kitten reaching puberty. This ensures you won’t have any of the problems associated with hormonal, sexually mature cats. And yes, females tend to spray just like the males do. With the cat over-population problem, please don’t add more unwanted kittens to the mix.