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Keeping Kitty Safe.

There are several precautions that can be taken to keep cats safer. Keeping cats indoors is one of the biggest ways to keep them safe. Studies have shown that indoor cats on average live longer than outdoor cats mainly because they are not exposed to hazards such as traffic or other animals. The next step is to take precautions within the home. For kittens, new or untrained cats the first safety step is to reduce potential hazards. Unplugging dangling electrical chords is wise as some cats will chew chords. Toxic plants should be removed or kept away from cats. Chords to curtain or blinds should be kept out of reach of cats as they can get tangled and choked by them and cats often find them enticing. Breakables should also be kept out of reach. As a cat gets older they typically have a better understanding of what makes a suitable toy and an owner will likely have a better idea whether the cat is prone to breaking or chewing items not intended for him, but early on a little extra caution helps. Take a look around the home and see what could be harmful. Each home has different risks, but the major sources of curiosity/play based problems come from cats getting tangled, knocking items over, or eating non-food items.

Another common risk for cats that is often overlooked is string, yarn or thread. Most cats find string to be a great toy, yet it can be extremely hazardous if swallowed. String and yarn can cause an intestinal blockage or get caught around the teeth or tongue. It is important to keep string and string-like items away from cats and to not use it as a toy. The other common cat risk comes from a cat’s penchant for hiding and curling up in unique locations. This can lead to numerous hazards. Keeping cats out of the garage and attic can help reduce some of these risks. Cats often look for a warm, cozy, dark, isolated spot to take a nap. Many of these places such inside a car or a dryer can be very dangerous. Again each home has its own risks. Check your home for any mechanical devices, fans, or vents where a cat could get trapped or harmed. Also be aware of places that cats can get locked in or out of. Some extra attention early on can reduce the potential for big problems later.

 

 

 


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