Kitten Proofing Your Home
Bringing home a kitten is like bringing home a baby, there are many dangers that you need to be aware of and try and reduce the risk of your kitten becoming injured.
The things you need to be aware of are:
Open windows – they may fall out and hurt themselves or escape from the home
Food left out – eating human food will cause the to get diarrhoea and some food is poisonous to kittens.
Boiling pans, kettles and drinks – make sure they are well placed onto surfaces so they can not be easily pulled off.
Sharp knives and scissors – make sure that they are out of access to the kittens
Detergents and chemicals – keep them in shut cupboards and when using them keep kittens well away from the area
Electrical equipment and cables – they may urinate on your equipment and also see cables as something to be played with and chewed.
Open washing machines and tumble driers – they like to sleep in warm places, if you have left the door open make sure you check before you use them
Open toilets – they like to explore and may fall in and drown
Poisonous plants – some plants that are not poisonous to us are to kittens such as ivy and lilies.
Open fires and chimneys – when the fire is on they may explore to close and get burnt, also when the fire is not lit they may climb the chimney, so keep a fire guard up at all time.
Plastic bags – they can explore in carrier bags as they like the noise they make and can become stuck inside and suffocate.
Containing your kittens
When you bring your kitten home it is best to keep them in one room or in a play pen until they get settled. As they become confident with the area they are in you can slowly introduce them to more and more space.
If your kitten is under 11 weeks old they will not be fully vaccinated, therefore if you have any other animals you will have to isolate your kittens, also not allow them outside until they are vaccinated to reduce the risk of the kittens becoming seriously ill.