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Kitten Safety 101

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Congratulations! Your new pet will waste no time in charming the socks off you. If there is one thing cats are good at, it’s wrapping us around their paws! Of course, little Fluffy is also an expert at getting into trouble. Kittens are tiny, fragile, fearless, and curious. This can be a dangerous combination! Below, an Oconomowoc, WI vet offers some tips on keeping your pint-sized pet safe.

Basic Kittenproofing

Remove anything that could potentially endanger your tiny furball. This includes toxic plants, small or sharp objects, plastic bags, ties, and wrappers; chemicals; medications; and wires or cords. Ask your vet for more information.

Recliners

Kittens love to explore small spaces. Recliners can be very dangerous for them! Always check in, around, and beneath your armchair before sitting down.

Beds/Couches

Beds and couches are another thing to be careful of. If little Fluffy crawls under a blanket for a nap, she won’t make much of a lump, so it would be easy to accidentally sit on her. Kittens also like to crawl behind couch cushions and/or throw pillows or blankets.

Large Appliances

Never underestimate a kitten’s ability to get into mischief! Keep large appliances, such as dryers, closed when not in use. Always keep a close eye on little Fluffy when you are using them. It only takes a moment for a tiny furball to hop into a dryer!

Holes

Kittens can fit into some very tiny crevasses. Block off openings behind and beneath furniture. Secure screens, air ducts, and windows as well.

High Spaces

Cats’ claws are curved in a way that makes it very easy for them to climb up things. Kittens are very curious about figuring out how those little nails work, and love to climb drapes, shower curtains, and even people. Little Fluffy won’t know how to get back down again, however, as that takes practice. Keep an eye on your pet, and make sure she doesn’t get stuck!

Toys

Toys and playtime are both fun and necessary for kitties. Wand toys are great, as they are interactive. They’ll also help teach little Fluffy to attack her playthings, not you. However, you should always put them away after use. You don’t want your furry toddler getting tangled up!

Please call us, your Oconomowoc, WI pet hospital, for all your kitten’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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