Is your house safe enough for your cat? Every cat owner wants the best for their feline friends. But how can you make sure that the house you share with your cat is safe and pet-friendly? Find out with these essential tips.
- Keep air freshener use to a minimum
Many cat owners will reach for the air fresheners to improve the smells in their houses. If you want to make your home pet-friendly, you’ll have to keep the use to a minimum and look out for pet-friendly, non-toxic air fresheners. There are natural cleaners cat owners can use to keep the scents fresh. For example, pet-friendly plants are highly beneficial to make your home safe for your cat while helping with odours.
- Don't leave human foods and medications where your cat can access them
Medications and human foods can be harmful to cats if left out in the open! Eliminate "ladders" that your cat can reach these objects such as jumping on counters, table tops and stepping stools.
It’s also important to keep trash covered at all times or disposed of immediately. Our pets are well-known for their keen sense of smell and they are often attracted by the trash, which often contains food scraps, so make sure that trash cans are always covered and secured.
Another important reason to prevent cats from getting into the trash is because of possible choking hazards. Your feline friend could consume something toxic, swallow an object that lead to intestinal obstruction, or even get her head caught in a plastic bag, putting her at risk of suffocation. Pits from fruits, Chicken bones and other small items can cause your pet to choke. See ours list of Human Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Cat.
- Make sure your indoor plants are pet-safe
Beware of dangerous plants! If you have house plants sitting around, it’s best to keep them away from your feline friend. You can put them in a room where pets will not have access to them.
Some plants are poisonous to our cats, and can cause kidney failure, lethargy, vomiting and, in some cases, death. If you have plants such as philodendron, poinsettia, lilies, foxglove, rhododendron, amaryllis or azalea, keep them away from your cat. This is because cats love to chew on plants and grass.
- Block access to toxins
There are many products and chemicals in most houses that are poisonous to our cats. In order to make your house pet-friendly, look at the labels of all chemicals and assess whether they could be a risk to your pet's health. It’s important to keep these toxic products out of reach of your curious kitty-cat by putting all products that could pose a danger in closed cabinets.
Common household chemicals that are dangerous to felines include: insect control products, garden chemicals, antifreeze, potpourri and human medications.
- Check your windows
Always close all windows before leaving your house. If you must open windows, make sure that screens are sturdy and properly installed. Install window screens either throughout your house or in windows your cat loves to perch.
- Secure electrical cords
If your home has numerous electrical cords on the floor, securing these is an absolute must to keep your feline friend from getting a major shock to her system. To protect your cat, unplug any cords to items that aren’t used very frequently, and also invest in some cord protectors. Wherever possible, all electrical cords should be out of the reach of your cat. If this isn’t possible, cat owners are advised to use a deterrent spray on cords to make them less appetizing for a cat to chew on.
- Provide essential pet supplies
Along with taking steps to cat-proof your home, it’s also important to give your cat some space of her own, especially if you have multiple cats, or other pets. This usually includes a cat bed or cat house, where your cat can go when she just needs to relax on her own. If it is well-equipped with food, clean water, a litter box, toys and a comfy cat bed, your cat won’t have to need to venture into the unknown and potentially dangerous territory.
Feed your cat on a regular basis and provide clean water at all times. Most cats enjoy a cat drinking fountain that supplies water in a running stream. For cat owners who work during the day, using automatic food and water dispensers that can hold large amounts at once can be beneficial. Litter boxes should be placed in a private place and should be cleaned on a very regular basis. Giving your cat a clean and accessible litter box is an absolute must-have for having a happy feline in your home.
With the above seven tips you can have a safer home for your feline friend!