10 Tips for Families with Cats


Cat-proof Your Home

Once your kitty gets used to your home, she needs plenty of room to roam and places to play. Since cats were never really domesticated, their instincts are those of the hunter. Their play is practice hunting. Cats like to explore, and they might sample something they find around the house.

Have everyone in the household be alert for things that might be harmful if Kitty samples them.

Here are some possible dangers:

  • Rat and mouse poison. These poisons can harm Kitty if she nibbles them directly, or if she catches a mouse that just dined on poison. Use traps instead.
  • Pesticides. If you must spray for bugs, direct the spray carefully and avoid areas where Kitty eats or sleeps.
  • Antifreeze. Keep antifreeze containers sealed. Clean up any spills thoroughly because the sweet taste attracts dogs and cats.
  • Plants. Many common house and garden plants are poisonous for cats. Among them are all types of lilies, philodendron, azalea, amaryllis, oleander, rhododendron and holly. A cat may not be tempted outdoors, but a bored indoor feline may try a nibble.
  • Everyday household items. Fertilizer, cleaning products, human medications and even mothballs can be dangerous to your cat.

It's not just what Kitty eats that can hurt her. Read on for more precautions.