By Jessa Paschke, Pet Training Specialist
There are as many reasons to love cats as there are cats in the world.
And that’s not to mention the fact that pet owners tend to visit doctors less and spend less on medication, and that interacting with pets can reduce depression.
To have a great life with your kitty, your home needs to be a safe place for him or her. So, as we celebrate Happy Cat Month this September, take a few minutes to make sure your home is as safe a space for your cat as possible.
1. Power Down
Electrical shock is a serious danger for pets, especially cats who may try to chew on cords or lick outlets. Unplug items that aren’t in use, placing the cord out of the reach of your curious kitty. Invest in outlet covers and cord protectors. Or, speak with your veterinarian for safe options for cat repellents to deter your cat from chewing on cords.
2. Keep Your Space Safe
Be sure window and door screens are secure, so your cat can’t sneak out. Also, keep in mind that cats love creeping into small spaces. Always check spots like the washing machine, refrigerator and drawers before closing them. Be careful with moving furniture like recliners, too, to make sure your furry friend hasn’t sneaked in during use.
3. Protect Breakables
Cats are curious and often on the move. The best way to keep breakables safe is to keep them out of your cat’s reach. That also protects your kitty, who could get hurt if things fall and break near him or her. Consider a display cabinet to show off your treasures in a space your cat can’t explore.
4. Know Your Plants
Many common plants and flowers could be poisonous for your cat, from azaleas to lilies to poinsettias, and many in between. To be safe, keep plants out of your cat’s reach or in a separate room.
5. Avoid Household Toxins
Anyone with a cat knows, if there’s something they shouldn’t get into, they will find it! Keep household toxins locked away, including human medications, cleaning products, insecticides and other household chemicals. Here’s a helpful list from Banfield Pet Hospital.
6. Play Safe
Give your cat safe toys to play with, and keep small items that could be swallowed out of reach. Rubber bands, hair fasteners, paper clips and other small items can all become dangerous obstructions if swallowed. Strings, dental floss, yarn and other long materials are also dangerous and can get caught in or wrap around the intestines.
7. Know When to Get Help
Finally, have your veterinarian’s phone number handy at home for any time you might need it. And, know where there’s a 24/7 pet hospital nearby. Here’s a helpful article from Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners about common cat emergencies and what to do.
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