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Catproofing 101

Do you have a young and/or frisky cat? Our feline friends have a reputation for mischief, and with good reason. Fluffy does have quite a knack for getting herself into trouble! Although our feline friends may pretty much lounge around doing nothing most of the time, your cute little pet is really a predator at heart, and will instinctively practice her hunting skills on anything and everything within reach. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, so you may want to do some kittyproofing to make your home safe for your precocious pet. A local Greensboro, NC vet offers some helpful tips on how to do that in this article.

Small/Sharp Objects

Frisky kitties often like playing with small objects. This can be a dangerous habit, as many smaller objects pose serious choking hazards! Remove or secure things like beads, buttons, craft kit pieces, safety pins, tacks, and other small items. Sharp objects are also a no-no.

Plastic

Plastic bags, wrappers, and ties are also dangerous to kitties. Unfortunately, many cats like playing with plastic, as they enjoy the texture of it. Remove or secure plastic bags, wrappers, and ties.

Toxic Plants

Even if your pet lives indoors, she’ll probably enjoy nibbling on green leaves now and again. Unfortunately, many popular plants are toxic to Fluffy. Make sure your houseplants are safe for your pet. You can find a full list online at the ASPCA website.

Medicines

Human medications, both OTC and prescription, can be highly poisonous to cats. Make sure to keep all your medicine in cabinets, where your kitty can’t get to them.

Chemicals

Cleaning agents, automotive products, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, pest control products are just a few common household chemicals that are toxic to cats. Keep these things in locked cabinets, safely out of paws’ reach.

Wires and Cords

Our furry pals often can’t resist batting at wires or cords. Remove or secure electrical wires, cords, thread, and anything with ropes, cord, or thread can entangle a playful kitty.

Appliances

Cats love to explore small spaces. Keep large appliances, like washers and dryers, shut when not in use. We also recommend closing off openings beneath and below furniture and cabinets, and making sure your screens and vents close tightly.

Please contact us, your local Greensboro, NC pet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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