If you’ve just welcomed a new kitten into your furry family – congratulations! You’re about to embark on a fun and exciting journey as your new addition starts to explore the world around her, but you’ll want to keep an eye out for these 5 household kitten dangers to keep your new addition safe:
Kitten Danger #1: Strings and Ribbons
Although seemingly the ideal kitten toy, string, thread, ribbon, rubber bands, and yarn can cause life-threatening intestinal issues if your kitty-cat eats them. Like human babies, kittens explore their world using their mouths, so it’s crucial to regularly inspect your kitten’s living area for these items. Don’t forget to check your kitten’s favourite spots like under furniture, behind shelves, and in other hard to reach areas.
Kitten Danger #2: Small Spaces
Kittens love to climb into small appliances like dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers. Do a quick spot check before you throw in a load of laundry or close that freezer door to make sure your kitten didn’t sneak in for an adventure while you weren’t looking.
Kitten Danger #3: Electrical Cords
In your kitten’s eyes, those cords make a great teething toy as those new teeth start to come in! Whether it’s a phone charger or lamp cord, kittens risk getting shocked or burned if they chew heavily on anything with electricity flowing through them.
If you provide lots of other fun toys to relieve their need to chew your new kitty should have no reason to play with your electrical cords. But, if you find your furbuddy has discovered them you can try a cord tubing product that will cover the cords or a bitter apple spray to act as a deterrent.
Kitten Danger #4: Dangling Window Cords
The dangling end of a blind cord is an open invitation for playtime for your curious kitty and your kitten could seriously injure herself or even strangle if she gets caught in a dangling window cord.
You can easily fix this kitten-danger zone by installing cordless blinds or a cord safety wrap, which can be purchased at any hardware store.
Kitten Danger #5: Indoor Plants and Flower Arrangements
Indoor plants and flowers are great for indoor air quality and home decoration, but the wrong plants can cause serious tummy trouble (and possibly be fatal) for your new kitten. The plants and flowers listed below are considered the most toxic for cats and you should avoid having them in your home.
- Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
- Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
- Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
- Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
- Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
- Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
- Lilies (Lilium sp.) including Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show lilies
- Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
- Oleander (Nerium oleander)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
- Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
- Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
- Yew (Taxus sp.)
We hope these tips help keep your new bundle of joy safe! If you’re looking for a vet to finish your cat’s vaccinations or do an annual exam in the Edmonton or Calgary area, please give us a call at 1-888-995-8387 to ask about our kitten packages!