How to Cat Proof Your Home

A cat is a curious animal, but sometimes curiosity can be dangerous. If you have a cat in the house you must be careful to make sure your cat can't eat anything dangerous or get into any potentially dangerous places [source: Humane Society]. Here are some ways to make your house cat proof.

  • Windows We've all seen cats do amazing jumps with seeming ease, but in fact cats are not always successful. It's important to ensure that your cat doesn't have the chance to fall from a high window by making sure all the fastenings are in place. Remember that your cat can squeeze through very small gaps.
  • Foreign objects Take care that your cat doesn't ingest anything that could cause it harm. This includes medicines and cleaning products. It also includes paper clips or anything sharp. Don't leave these items within reach of your cat.
  • Plants Some plants, including all nightshades, are poisonous to cats. Check whether your plants are safe for your cat before you bring the cat into the house.
  • Electricity Make sure your electric wires are well out of reach of your cat. Cats can chew right through electric wires, and possibly start a fire [source: Springer]. It's also a good idea to cover electric switches, particularly the garbage disposal switch.
  • Cords Your cat should not be able to reach the cords from your drapes.
  • Clothes dryer Your dryer is an attractive but dangerous place for a cat. Keep the dryer door closed so your cat has no chance of getting inside.
  • Drawers Dresser drawers make a perfect place for a cat to curl up in. Make sure to keep your drawers closed, and to check that your cat's not inside before closing a drawer.
  • Bathroom Keep the toilet lid in the closed position.
  • Tables Don't leave tablecloths hanging, particularly if the table is laid [source: Humane Society]. //]]]]> ]]>

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