Kitten safety for new owners is always very worrying for any new responsible kitten owner. Learning how to identify potential risks and reduce the likelihood of any potential accidents, injury and not to mention losing your new kitten are all aspects of owning a new kitten that every pet owner should be aware of.
The day is fast approaching! The weeks and weeks of waiting are almost over because soon you will be picking up your beautiful new kittens! You have their bed ready, a brand new litter tray, food bowls and toys. The kids are excited and you have a lovely quiet room in which to settle the newcomers in.
When you arrive at the Breeders’ home, it strikes you just how tiny two little 14 week old kittens are. The responsibility of keeping them safe hits home.
You may not realise it but there are many dangers about the house that can cause a kitten serious injury or worse! But a few simple steps can go a long way to ensuring that your new kittens stay safe and that you don’t end up with expensive vet’s bills!
Look around your house and imagine your kittens playing. Look at all the places that will be accessible to the kittens such as under furniture and high up on shelving. As your kittens grow into cats almost everywhere that is not shut off by a door is going to be accessible to them so it is your responsibility to make sure that anything that could be harmful to cats is locked away.
The following list is by no means exhaustive but covers basic hints and tips that save your kittens from injuring themselves.
A surprising amount of day-to-day substances that we all have around our home are harmful and highly toxic to our pet cats. Many of the things may seem fairly innocent in themselves but just a few simple changes can ensure the welfare of your new kittens.
For example, most of us at some point have flowers or plants in our home. Many plants are highly toxic to cats and a curious kitten is going to be very interested in a new bouquet of flowers. Leaves and flowers are often chewed by kittens so are best kept in a room that the kittens do not have access to. Although not all flowers are harmful some, especially lilies, could actually kill your kitten. Before you buy a new plant for your home do a little research and find ones that are non-toxic to cats.
Anti-freeze is a big problem. It is highly toxic to cats and at this time of year most of us have it. Make absolutely sure that it is locked away and out of reach of your felines. If you spill any then mop it up immediately. The biggest problem with anti-freeze is that, unlike most other poisonous substances, it has a sweet taste that a lot of cats love. Even the smallest amount can and does kill cats.
Keep all medicines and chemicals locked away in cupboards and ensure that your kittens have no access to them.
A final, if slightly amusing note is this. Onions are toxic to cats. Now I can imagine that the chances of a cat tucking into an onion from your parlour are fairly remote! But just bear this in mind if you ever want to share any of your food with your kittens (not that I recommend it anyway!) My cats have always been partial to a bit of left-over soup… however if it contains onions then I’m afraid they mustn’t have any.
If, however, you do decide to let your kittens out then wait until they are about 6 months old and take them out into the garden and supervise them at first. Of course, once they are older you have very little control over where they go or what they get up to! Have your kittens spayed and neutered to stop unwanted pregnancies and to stop them wandering too far from your home. Ensure that they are micro-chipped so if the worst does happen then there is still a chance you could be re-united with your pet.
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Tina is Siamese and Oriental cat breeder and regular contributor to Siamese Cat Breeder. Breeding and showing her cats and kittens under the prefix Mullsi, Tina can often be found at Cat Shows.