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Kittenproofing Tips

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! We’re guessing it won’t take little Fluffy long to completely melt your heart, if she hasn’t already. Kittens are certainly adorable, and lots of fun. There are some serious aspects to being a kitten parent, however. In between serving as kitty furniture and dangling toys in front of your charming pet, you’ll need to take some steps to keep your tiny furball safe. Below, an Indianapolis, IN vet discusses kittenproofing.

Plants

Little Fluffy will want to find out just what she can and can’t eat, and she’ll probably be quite curious about your houseplants. Make sure your home only has cat-safe plants. You can check the ASPCA site for a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

Wires, Cords

Cats just can’t resist a dangling string or rope. Little Fluffy could be seriously hurt if she chews on a live wire, and could even start a fire! Wires and cords are also dangerous because your furball could get entangled in them, or pull a lamp down on herself. Remove or secure wires and cords, including drape cords.

Appliances

Little Fluffy will be very interested in exploring every nook and cranny of her new kingdom, and figuring out where the fun spots are. It’s very easy for a frisky kitten to jump into a dryer, or fall into an open toilet! Keep major appliances closed.

Plastic

Plastic grocery bags are very dangerous for kittens. Wrappers are also a hazard: many kitties are drawn to the crinkly texture of plastic, and will try to eat it. Keep plastic bags and wrappers away from those cute little paws! The plastic rings that hold beverages together are also dangerous, so be sure to cut them.

Chemicals

Keep all household and automotive chemicals away from your kitten. Cleaning agents, lawn and garden products, pesticides, antifreeze, and insecticides are some examples of dangerous chemicals. Little Fluffy could get sick just by walking through a spill and then licking her paws!

Medicine

Human medicines can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Keep all medications, whether prescription or OTC, securely stored in cabinets or drawers.

Small Objects

Other items you’ll want to keep away from your kitten include small items, such as jewelry, buttons, pen caps, and craft kit pieces.

Does your kitten need microchipping, vaccines, or spay/neuter surgery? Contact us, your Indianapolis, IN animal clinic, today!

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