Has a new kitten been included in your family? It is important to take some precautions at home so that your new furry friend does not chew, swallow, or scratch any non-personal belongings. Older cats may be more behave, but you should still consider a few methods for them to make the furniture not harmful. Here are a few practical suggestions to make your home a cat-friendly home.
1. They Love To Pease and Bite
Kittens are like human kittens, and just like them, they learn the world around them with their eyes, hands (i.e. paws) and mouths. Cats of any age are fun animals in a nature that loves to play with everything they can find. This last part is important because you might think that the floor in your home is clean, but if you walk on your knees and hands, you probably can see some things that can cause problems for your kitten.
Here are the things you need to be careful about before bringing the kittens home and remove them from the shelves with the back of the seats:
- bag ties
- packaging tires
- plastic bags
- sewing materials
- baby / toy parts
- small board game pieces
While it is easier for the kittens to paw your moving things and put them in your mouth, there are many things that you will try to chew, including electrical cables, in your home. Even if they are used permanently for a device that needs to be carried together, necessarily tape the cables that are within the reach of your kitten. However, when you use tools like ironing, the hanging cord can be an attractive game tool for your kitten. He may think of it as something he can play and seriously injured by pulling the iron over the ironing board.
In addition to the electrical outlets and cables that seem harmless for your kitten, you should also secure the cords in the telephone cables, curtain laces and blinds. While making your home safe for your kittens, don’t forget these too!
2. Not All Plants Are Healthy for Kitten
Houseplants make your home look a little green, but you need to be careful about your new kitten’s contact with them. Camel base, lily, mistletoe and poinsettia are just a few of the poisonous houseplants that can make your kittens sick if they are constantly exposed. Lilies, azaleas and daffodils are common garden plants that are toxic to kittens. Similarly, it is necessary to check and make sure that the vase flowers you bring to your home are safe for kittens to walk around.
3. Keep the Toilet Seat Cover Closed
Adults and kittens look for water that they can sip throughout the day. One of the easiest places to drink water is the bathroom toilet. This may seem disgusting to you, but not all cats are very sensitive to it, and there is always water available to drink if it is thirsty. If you have a kitten in your home, be sure to keep the toilet seat closed at all times. While your toilet seat is open, your furry friend may fall into the toilet and run the risk of suffocation. So what are the other things you need to keep your cover closed at home? Garbage cans, laundry baskets, washing and drying machines. You don’t want your kitten to be trapped inside one of them in such a way that it cannot escape.
4. Hot Spots Are Not Safe
Although kittens like heat, it’s up to you to keep them safe in these places they love. Whether the warmth comes from the fireplace or wood stove, make sure these hot spots are not the place to fall asleep. If necessary, arrange your cat’s access to them by moving the climbing locations elsewhere or by waking him up after a certain period of time. Finally, make sure that all electrical heaters are unplugged and properly stored when not in use. If plugs are plugged in, always keep the heater under control to protect your family from excessive heat.
5. Cat-Friendly Furniture
Adults and kittens love to paw, but they don’t know where to throw paw until you teach them. The easiest targets for your cat’s paws and nails are heavy furniture such as sofa or table. Rugs and carpeted stairs are among their favorites.
When trying to protect the furniture in your home against damage caused by cats, consider not only the things your kitten can nail, but also items they can climb like curtains, long tablecloths or shelves. Direct these trends to a scratching post or cat tree to let them know exactly what items belong to it.
6. Secure Things That Don’t Belong To It
Cats are curious by nature, so closing the door of a closet doesn’t mean your furry friend will stay away from it. Consider obtaining child safety locks for cabinets with cleaning supplies or medicines. You can keep these items on the top shelf of the closet to make sure they cannot reach. Remember that your cat is a very good climber and keep the closet door closed at all times.
If there is a special room that your cat should not enter, always keep the door of this room closed. According to Mother Nature Network, the most visited website for environment and sustainable living, child or dog doors cannot likewise exclude a cat that can bounce five times their own height. Objects containing important memories, especially for you and your family, should be locked or secured. Did an old relative give you a special vase for your family? Safely wrap and store until your pets grow so as not to damage these items.
7. Check Narrow Areas
Cats love to curl up and sleep in tight and warm places. For example, before closing the dryer door, make sure that your kitten does not sneak there to have a nap. The same applies to other quiet places such as dresser drawers, baskets in cabinets, refrigerator and freezer.
8. Lock All Mosquito Nets
Cats love sunlight by nature and go secretly to the windows to enjoy this natural warmth. Control all the mosquito nets on your windows and doors, even in winter, while making your home safe for your cat. When your cat starts to get used to it, do not forget to do this in spring or summer. If a fly screen is not properly locked and locked, your cat may face a dangerous situation. To make it safer, buy cat-resistant shutters as well as cat-resistant shutters. Cat-resistant mosquito nets not only provide safety, but also last longer than normal mosquito nets and are not easily broken.
9. Buy Many from Favorite Toys for Kitten
The more busy your pet is, the less likely it is to get into trouble. Kittens love to play, so keep plenty of toys around when you have a nap. As you can imagine, he will love toy rats and rattles, so you know where he is from the sounds he makes at various times during the day. Wait for your cat to switch between playing with you and sleep on your lap.
10. Be patient while making your home safe for kitten
Whether young and toy or old and wise, it is impossible for your new cat to learn all the house rules at once. A kitten can stay away from all cables or moving objects on the floor, but may be interested in climbing curtains or jumping on shelves. It can drink water from the sink, not from the water bowl. Make it easier for him to get to know his new home by keeping him in a small room safe for cats temporarily throughout the learning process, then gradually let him access more of the house as he gets used to the rules. Always keep an eye on it carefully while allowing it to move around and explore the new habitat.
If he is interested in an area that you think is inappropriate and dangerous for him, take the necessary measures to keep him safe. When handling any safety issues, it is necessary to guide the kitten calmly and lovingly.
Finally, it is not a good idea to punish an adult or baby cat for misbehaving. You may not know the correct behavior because you have just learned the rules of your home. Punishing a cat makes it worse and causes stress to escape from everyone. Rewarding for proper education and correct behavior will help learn what is acceptable. If you find it a little troubled, direct it to his toys or a scratching board. Your pet is still in the learning stage and is looking at you to find its direction. The bond between you will become stronger each time when you show the same patience that you will show to a small child who has just learned the world.