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How to Cat-Proof a Home
A long-term cat owner, when asked how to cat-proof a home, may look at you with a skeptical eye and say, "That's impossible, it can't be done."
Yes, it's inevitable that every house that a cat has conquered will have some tell-tale signs of scratches and clawing that is left behind, but there are ways to keep your cats, and your furniture, safe when bringing a new cat to your home.
Be aware that some of the most innocuous household products can be dangerous to your kitty, and there are a few simple things to look out for, and clean up, before the cat comes over to stay.
Secure the Window
A cat will love to look down on the world from a window perch, but may be too brazen when seeing a bird, or squirrel, or fellow feline, and may jump. So, keep the window closed, or have a screen that the cat cannot push through, or maybe put the blinds down to prevent temptation.
Protect the Doorways
Figure out if your cat is smart enough to open a door. Some cats can even figure out the door handles, and may devise a way to sneak out.
The simplest way is to install a door knob rather than a handle, or turn the handle 90 degrees upward because most cats cannot open the door when it's set like that.
Keeping Your Kitty from Hiding
Cats love to hide, and if your cat likes to sneak into small gaps and poke his head out, then you will want to cover up any holes where he can hide.
Block or cover any walls in holes, or vents, or under sofas, or inside furniture. These spaces could be hazardous to the cats especially if there are springs or wires she can get caught in or get stuck on in the house.
Having a space for them to climb or perch, like a wall shelf or cat tree provides a better alternative for them to hide under your bed, or in a closet where they can get locked in.
Don't Let Cats Chew on Cables
Cats love to chew on wires and cables, and one way to keep them from doing that, is to cover them with a tube or hose, or use a scented sprat that keeps cats away. Certain scented essential oils, particularly lemon or lavender scents will keep the kitty from nibbling at the electrical wiring and offer a pleasant smell around the house, too.
Consider finding something else for the cat to chew on, too, like something in our Catnip or Chewable collection or something our available scratch boxes.
Hide or Tie Up Cords or Loops
Anything that hangs, like cords, or loops, or blinds, or tassels, all of those things that cats are tempted by, or can get hung up on, may be dangerous. Hide them, tie them up, and keep them away from the cats.
Anything dangling will be tempting for a cat to play with, so be careful, and that includes strands hanging from decorative pillows or bed quilts that could get the cat tangled up, or possible strangle themselves in, so goodness gracious tie or tape them up.
Careful of Hazards Around the House
Never have an unsupervised lit candle around the house if you also have a curious cat. Careful of plants like lilies, certain palms, cyclamen and other plants that could cause problems for cats or be poisonous. Put away needles, rubber bands, pins, and mothballs. Keep chemicals, cleaners, food bags, compost, dental floss, and other items in child-proof cabinets and containers so your cat won't get mixed up in them.
So, even if you will never fully be able to cat-proof your house, you can always make it a little bit safer!