Keeping Your Home Safe for your Cat | Modern Mummy

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Keeping Your Home Safe for your Cat


You all know how much I love Mabel the cat. She's like my third baby, and I'm guilty of spoiling her to excess. Some people think I'm mad, but in my opinion a pet really is a member of the family and I can't ever imagine not having a pet cat. A house just isn't a home without one!

Just like children, our pets aren’t always aware that some common household items can be harmful to them. Sometimes they get caught up in the excitement of play, or their curiosity is peaked by something strange and new, only to end up injuring themselves.

Pet food experts James Wellbeloved have published that cats injure themselves in the home due to three main reasons:

  • Consuming something toxic to them; 
  • Choking or getting tangled on something during play; 
  • Becoming trapped in a warm utility, like an oven or dryer. 

Fortunately, just like with kids, the key to keeping your cat safe and injury-free is to be aware of what can cause them harm and how to minimise potential hazards. If you are like me and you like an orderly home, you are already on your way to keeping your home safe for your pet. Others will need to improve their organisational habits, but don’t worry! It doesn’t take much to protect your cat.

The majority of poisonings come from cats either eating human-only food, or consuming toxic plants, chemicals, medication, or perfumes which have been left out where the cat can access them. If you like to snack on chocolate, raisins, or grapes, make sure you keep these foods covered when you are not eating them and put them away in a cupboard or fridge when you are done. Similarly, wipe and secure caps on bottles of medication, cleaning agents, perfumes, etc., and store them in a closed cabinet or container that your cat cannot get to.

There are also a number of common houseplants which are toxic to cats, like aloe vera, lilies and poinsettias. While most don’t tend to nibble on flora, some do, especially if they are bored. However, even if you don’t think your cat has a taste for vegetation, they might be at risk of rubbing up against something with toxic pollen and then licking it off their fur later on. Replace these plants with cat-friendly alternatives.

Whether your cat has a lot of pet toys or none, he or she may try and play with loose hair pins, elastic bands etc. Cats are curious, after all! Keep small items like these together and tidied away. Cats aren’t silly and won’t try to eat these things deliberately, but accidents can happen if they get excited.

Finally, any cat owner knows that felines love their nap time; most sleep 12 to 16 hours per day - I'd say Mabel is more like 18! Nowhere is better than a dark, quiet, warm space. While most will typically opt for places they know like their own bed, some cats are attracted to the warmth of a recently used utility, like an oven or a dryer. If the door is left open, your cat may jump in when you aren’t looking to get their 40 winks. To save yourself the worry of searching for them, or accidentally closing the door behind them, trapping them inside, start forming a habit of checking your utilities before closing any doors with care and attention.

Cats make wonderful companions and brighten any loving household. In return, make sure you provide them with a considerate environment for them to explore, play and rest in comfort and safety.


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