The phrase “curiosity killed the cat” has a very real basis, as cats have a tendency to get into everything. That container of medicine that you put on top of the refrigerator so it was out of reach? All it takes is a few strategic leaps for your cat to be up there investigating. Making your home cat friendly takes a little bit of work.
You know how your cat will play for hours batting at a feather dangled from a string? That same behavior could be deadly if he starts batting unsupervised at the cord on your mini blinds. Protect your cat form twisting or dangling dangers by keeping dangling cords and wires out of reach.
Cats are naturally curious about plants, but many common houseplants, including poinsettias, lilies, azaleas, daffodils, hydrangeas and philodendron, are toxic. Keep these outdoors to protect your cat, opting for pet safe plants instead. Some cat lovers will move all plants out of reach until the kitten reaches a more mature age so he/she will not damage the plants or harm themselves.
Keeping your cats off of the counters is like trying to stop an ice cube from melting on a 90-degree day. It’s not going to happen. So, your counters need to be free from sharp utensils and poisonous products. Keep these stored out of sight somewhere, preferably with a childproof lock. Cats are curious and they are very smart. Some cats will spend hours trying to open something if they are motivated enough by what they think might be inside.
Finally, be on the lookout for small items, like coins, board game pieces, sewing supplies and cotton balls that your cat could ingest. Keep these off of the floor and counters. Be particularly careful around Christmas holidays as cats are fascinated by the tinsel and pretty lights.
By taking these simple precautions now, you can ensure that your cat lives a long, healthy life in your home.