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Kittenproofing Tips

Are you adopting a kitten? Congratulations! We love seeing baby felines go to loving homes. Your new pet will certainly put lots of smiles on your face in the coming months. There are few things more adorable than kittens! Being a kitten parent isn’t all fun and games, however. You’ll need to take some precautions to keep your precocious little pet happy, healthy, and safe. Here, an Isle of Palms, SC vet offers some kittenproofing tips.

Plants

Toxic plants are a serious hazard for kittens. Make sure that all of your houseplants are safe for little Fluffy. You can find a full list of both safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website.

Secure Small And Sharp Items

A general rule of thumb: if it’s remotely dangerous, your kitten will try to eat it or play with it, or both. Small and/or sharp items, like buttons, safety pins, and pieces of jewelry can be very dangerous to a frisky feline!

Dangling Threads

Cats, for some reason, have a hard time resisting anything that dangles. Ribbons, ropes, and wires may look like fun playthings to little Fluffy. Keep these things away from your pet: they can be serious choking hazards!

Plastic Products

Many cats like the crinkly texture of plastic, and sometimes try to eat it. Needless to say, this is not safe! Keep plastic grocery bags, wrappers, and ties in a secure location, where your kitten can’t reach them.

Open Spaces

Cats love to explore nooks and crannies. This can be a dangerous pastime! Block off any empty spaces beneath or behind furniture, and make sure all your vents and ducts are tightly closed.

Doors/Windows

Kittens can slip through very small openings. Make sure your doors, windows, and screens all latch tightly, so your furry little adventurer can’t slip out.

Appliances

Keep major household appliances closed when they aren’t in use. Washers, dryers, and toilets can be deadly for kittens! When you’re doing laundry, keep a close eye on your pet. You don’t want to take a chance on little Fluffy hopping inside when you aren’t looking!

Toxic Substances

Many common household items are poisonous to kitties. Chemicals, medications, cleaning agents, and automotive products should all be kept in secure, kittyproof cabinets. Better safe than sorry!

Please contact us, your Isle of Palms, SC veterinary clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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