Cats are curious creatures by nature. They like hopping around, climbing trees and basically anything that looks climbable, playing with strings, hunting and so on. Unfortunately, our garden and even home aren’t always the safest places for our furry little friends. There are many potential hazards at sight. Thus, we need to learn how to keep our cats safe.
Our gardens, yards and streets are full of potentially harmful things. Fortunately, there are some ways of keeping your cat safe outside. Take a look at some steps you can take in order to assure your cat’s welfare.
Cat-proof your garden
Cats love being outdoors and that’s why it’s important to make a safe outdoor environment for them. If you have a yard or a garden, one idea is to try fencing it. There are some serious escape prevention systems available nowadays. Your choice will depend on your goal as well as the size and location of your yard. You can build a high wall around your yard, or you can use different types of wire to circle and cover the top of your yard. This will prevent your cat from going out and being a victim of human abuse or car accidents.
The outside is packed with poisonous plants that can make your cat feel sick. Sadly, the cat doesn’t even have to eat the plant. It is enough if it brushes against one and ingests the toxin while grooming. It can also be poisoned by pesticides, used to protect plants. Another poisonous hazard is eating a poisoned prey such as a mouse, rat, pigeon. The only prevention against these is to keep your cat inside. However, if you notice some unusual reactions and behaviours, act immediately and take it to the vet.
Use identification essentials
As cats are curious creatures, they can easily get lost while exploring the outside. What can you do about this? Well, you can embellish your cat with a stylish harness with an engraved pet id tag. Besides looking stylish, a pet tag can significantly help in finding a lost pet. You can engrave personalized information such as your name, phone number or address on it for contact.
Besides many threats cats face outside, there are some potential dangers inside as well. Take a look at some tips to keep your cat safe at home. Some of these probably never crossed your mind!
Put away any poisonous plants
Besides our gardens, cats can find poisonous plants indoor as well. Some of them can make them sick while others can be deadly. Popular plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and lilies can be toxic if eaten by pets. However, if you own these make sure to put them in some places cats won’t be able to reach. On the other hand, you can opt for cat-friendly plants such as cat grass, which is full of natural fibre that helps them get rid of hairballs.
Lock away your cleaning supplies
Common household cleaning supplies such as detergents, bleaches and disinfectants pose another threat for our curious little furry friends. Store them safely so your cat can’t spill them. Also, be careful about treated surfaces: your cat can even get sick if they lick their paws after walking on a freshly cleaned floor.
Beware of the things your cat might eat
Unattended or spilled medicines can seem like treats to cats and that’s why they pose a big threat. Even some basic medicines can cause serious stomach problems or organ failure. Be careful not to leave them lying around. They are best kept safe in a closed cabinet, so your precious little feline can’t put her paws on them. Besides the medicines, pay attention to leaving food out since certain ones such as onion, garlic, chocolate and grapes occupy a spot on the list of dangerous cat foods.
Hide any dangling cords and cables
Since cats adore playing with strings and cords, any electric cords or blind cords pose a potential hazard. Make sure to tape the cords to the floor or hide them under the carpet, so they would be fixed and out of your pet’s reach. As cats jump around the home and climb everywhere, they could easily get stuck in the cords or blinds.
Put away glass and ceramics
Due to their exploring nature, cats love climbing on top of things and walking over dressers, tables, desks and shelves. It sometimes happens that they accidentally push something fragile off a high surface which breaks. Broken glass is extremely dangerous since cats can cut their paws on glass or they can swallow it. So, protect your cat and your valuables as well by putting them out of your cat’s grasp.
When you decide it is time to enlarge your family with a cute furry little member, there are many things you need to take into consideration in order to provide a happy, healthy and safe environment for your loving pet. Think about the basics but don’t forget to account for your home in particular and the potential hazards it has.
Emma Williams is an Australian writer with a master‘s degree in business administration, who has a passion for anything lifestyle and design related. She spends most of her time redecorating and participating in house projects. As a great nature lover, her biggest pleasure is spending time in a small cottage by the river.
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