7 Ways To Keep Cats Safe At Home
Cats are exploratory beings. They enjoy climbing, jumping and prancing around. It is no wonder then that they enjoy the outdoors much more than indoors. If you aren’t well-equipped to let your cake out as often as you would like, why not make your indoor space safe for cats? Here are seven ways you can ensure your cat’s safety in your home.
Invest In Cat Enclosures
A Cat enclosure is a great way to keep cats safe at home while offering freedom of movement and exploration. Cats are naturally curious beings who enjoy climbing, scratching, jumping and more. All of these instincts are satisfied in a cat enclosure. Ensure you choose one with a skid-proof ramp that allows for vertical exploration on multiple levels. Go for an enclosure with a mesh wire so your cat can enjoy gazing outdoors and soak in the sun. A weather-insulated asphalt roof gives your furry friend protection in all seasons. Invest in a cat enclosure for a happy, thriving and safe cat.
Keep Your Garden In Check
Cats enjoy nibbling on plants and grass. While most plant varieties can cause a bad stomach, some can be lethal. Poisonous plants often spring up in unattended gardens or dense bushes, catching the attention of prying cats. Ensure your cat is safe in the vicinity of your garden by tending to it often. Clip off wild bushes and check and new shrubs that you haven’t planted. Poisonous plants can often linger uninvited in a garden that hasn’t been tended to or trimmed in a long time. This is a safety measure not just for your pets but also for your children.
Keep Medicines & Cleaning Supplies Away
A curious cat often finds itself in trouble with liquids that are left around. Exercise extreme caution in where you keep your medicines, detergents and other cleaning agents. Curiosity can kill the cat in such cases. These cleaning supplies contain strong chemicals that can prove to be fatal for your cat. Store these items away in high cabinets that shut securely. Also, if you can, try cleaning your home with Cat-friendly options such as vinegar, baking soda and pet-friendly detergents. A common pet hazard is windshield wipers and anti-freeze solutions as they smell and taste good. Make sure your cat steers ahead of these liquids that are commonly found lying around in garages. Keep your vigil up in the outer area of your home just as you would indoors.
Watch Your Candles & Cords
Smooth, small and illuminated – no wonder candles look so appealing to cats! Cats often enjoy scratching and nibbling on candles. Do beware as some candles have artificial fragrances and colouring agents that can do more harm than good to your cat’s stomach. What’s more, cats may inadvertently brush their tails against lit candles, leading to a disastrous burn. Ensure you keep cats away from candles by placing them high above reach. Invest in completely enclosed candle holders that make it difficult to accidentally touch the flame. Another common health hazard for cats are cords. Still carrying the innate feline gene of climbing trees and branches, cats often find entangling themselves in cords and cables a fun experience. Well, not if they are Electric Cords! Ensure your case and cover all open cords. And, if that’s not possible, tape them up on walls so they’re way out of your curious cats’ reach.
Close The Bathroom Lid
Haven’t all women told their husbands to close the bathroom lid one too many times? Well, here’s another reason it better be done. Cats are notorious for slipping into toilet bowls out of the need for play, water or just plain curiosity. What’s more, your cat could end up drinking the water inside, which could be laced with urine or human faeces. Consuming this water can cause grave damage to your cat’s health. It is a good idea to keep the bathroom lid closed at all times. Go as far as to leave your guests a note in the bathroom to do the same, lest your cat visits the bathroom right after them and finds the bowl accessible.
Check Choking Hazards
Sadly, every house is sprinkled with Choking Hazards all over the place. These include plastic toys, lids, plastic packets, rubber bands, silicone sleeves & holders and more. Strings, ribbons and sewing threads can cause intestinal problems in cats and even get stuck in their throats. What’s worse, these everyday items look very inviting to your curious feline friend. The best way to prevent any health risks for your cat is by placing these items in drawers or cabinets with opaque shutters. The same holds true for kitchen accessories and folding knives. Take proper care of folding knives and ensure they are safely closed after every use. Take a look around your home ever so often to see if any items can causing choking in cats. Promptly put these items away to ensure your cat doesn’t entangle herself in any risks.
It’s About The Trees & Grass
Consumerism has made such inroads that even a tree can be brought indoors. That’s right! A kitty condo, also known as a ready-made cat tree, gives your cat the pleasure of climbing, scratching jumping and more! Cat-friendly grass patches are also available to give your cat the feeling of walking outdoors. All of this in the safety of your home! Place this indoor tree near a balcony or a large window so your cat enjoys the complete feeling of looking outdoors.
We hope you find a solution to every potential problem regarding cat safety after reading this article!