One of the best pieces of advice I can give is – learn how to kitten proof your home!
I expected this to be merely a matter of common sense but, after consulting films, books and blogs, I realised that my lovely home was a potential Kitten CATastrophe (apologies for that – I could not resist).
Our family got together and toured the house looking for hazards.
First on the list was our collection of ornaments. As these were quite expensive, we opted to place a selection in closed cabinets and some in the loft. So far, no issues here.
Next we tidied up our trailing cords (surprised that WE have not had a tripping accident) to make sure that these could not be bitten through.
We invested in some plastic ties and secured all that we could find.
Doors and windows are another worry. Kittens are curious and will explore anywhere that is accessible. We made sure that all escape routes were identified and attended to. Later, when Blink becomes a big boy, we will consider a cat flap or some other alternative to closed doors. We have still not determined if he will be an “indoors or outdoors” cat. We need to look at the pros and cons of both and take action to be prepared. Read more here
Blinds on doors and windows are an extreme hazard. These offer great fun to a curious and developing kitten but can result in disaster. At the risk of preaching, always ensure that cords are well wound and not left dangling.
Household and garden plants were next on the list for discussion. We all agreed that they would be too tempting for a kitten. They look scrumptious enough for a good chew and are easily knocked over so, reluctantly, we put some in the greenhouse and others we gave away. What I found profoundly staggering was the many plants that are toxic and dangerous to felines. These include:
Please note – this list is not exhaustive and is intended as a guide only – if you are in any doubt, a thorough list can be obtained at several online vets and also your local veterinary practice
Last but by no means least, consider purchasing a set of eyes for the back of your head. You will need them!