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Cat Proof Your Home To Protect Your New Cat

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Safeguard your home

Prevent accidents by surveying you home as though your new cat will have the curiosity of a toddler. Explore your home on your hands and knees and see what mischief you can prevent by hiding or removing anything that can be chewed. Secure electric cords. Put tight lids on garbage cans. Shut cupboard doors snugly. Move breakables and antiques to rooms your cat won’t have access to. Remove poisonous plants.

The following is a list of particularly dangerous items you don’t want to expose your cat to:

  • Ant and rat poison
  • Antifreeze (Ethylene glycol)
  • Balconies with open access
  • Bleach
  • Candle flames
  • Christmas tree ornaments
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Cooked bones. Cooked bones splinter. Raw bones do not.
  • Disinfectants
  • Dryer with an open lid
  • Electric cords
  • Fertilizer
  • Fireplaces with hot ashes
  • Halloween candy or chocolate
  • Halloween kids that open the door
  • Holiday turkey carcasses
  • Hot stove elements
  • Household chemicals including floor cleaners not rinsed off floors
  • Human food: chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, yeast dough, alcohol
  • Human medications: aspirin, acetaminophen, diet pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizers
  • Knives
  • Laundry detergent
  • Mothballs
  • Paint and paint thinner
  • Paper shredder
  • Pesticides
  • Plastic bags plastic
  • Plastic six pack holders
  • Poisonous house plants: dieffenbachia philodendron rubber plant, weeping fig
  • Poisonous outdoor plants: amaryllis, azalea, bleeding heart, daffodil, Daphne, clematis, English Ivy, foxglove, holly, iris, mistletoe, morning glory, narcissus, oleander, poinsettia, potato, rhododendron, tobacco, tulip
  • Recliners
  • Roach poison
  • Space behind the washer, dryer and refrigerator
  • Steel wool
  • Thumbtacks and pins
  • Toilet bowl cleaners
  • Toilet bowl with the lid up
  • Washer with an open lid
  • Windows without screens
  • Yarn and string unsupervised

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