Service Cats: Kitten/Cat Proofing Your Home Pt. 1

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Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

 

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

     As most of you know, mommy volunteered with rescue groups fur many years. Her specialty was “bottle babies”, kittens with no mother. She could always count on kitten season to fill up her house and every other rescue and shelter. Kitten season rolls around every year without fail because there are still so many cats that don’t get spayed or neutered. In our part of the world, kitten season runs from April to about August.

 

3 week old Lexi waddling through the house
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Lexi at 3 weeks

 

 

 

     Spring and Summer temperatures are ideal for causing females to go into heat and start seeking to mate. Because of this, June has become known as Adopt a Cat month. However, kitten or adult, all cats are extremely adventurous and curious. Taking this and some of the emails we’ve gotten lately into consideration, we’ve decided to run a a small miniseries on prepping for and adopting a new kitty. Today, we’re going to talk about Kitten/Cat proofing your home.

 

Baby Dezi her first week at home
Dezi 3 weeks

 

 

 

     You might be thinking we should start with picking your new family member, however, we believe the process starts here with prepping your home before the new addition arrives; just as you would for a human baby. Regardless of the age you plan to adopt, you’ll need to take some steps to make sure your home is safe to bring a new kitty in to.

 

RaenaBelle travels to her forever home in mommy's lap

 

 

 

Get Low:

     Now this may sound funny to you, but kitty will spend a lot of time on the floor. You may not need to actually get on your knees but you do need to see your home through kitty’s eyes. All the cords running from your television, computer, lamps, clocks and whatever else are just large stationary strings/vines to kitty. They are also a nice chew toy. Think Tarzan swinging from vine (cord) to vine (cord). Mommy’s found the best deterrent is to wrap those cords in electrical tape. Cords hanging off the edge of desks or tables can be wrapped in those cord protectors. If you need a cheap DIY cord protector, you can use an old long sleeve shirt or lightweight pants legs. Just cut the sleeves or legs off and put the cords thru it. Depending on the length of the cord(s) and your arms/legs, you may need more than one sleeve. 

 

     Check your shelves for knick knacks. If there’s something you’d be heartbroken to lose, put it away. Don’t blame a rambunctious kitty when it gets broken. Move candles, potpourri, oil burners, dangerous/toxic houseplants, photos and photo albums, and books to higher shelves or put them in storage. Better yet, throw the potpourri out, it harbors dust mites and is toxic to kitty at any age.

 

Kitchen & Dining Room:

     Let’s take a look at the kitchen and dining room, why don’t we?. What dangers could be in such a pawsome place you ask? Well, mommy keeps the bug sprays and some of the cleaners under the kitchen cabinet, do you? Us kitties are very smart and we’re tenacious. If we want in some where, we’ll work at it until we find a way. Make sure kitty can’t get into the cabinet with cleaners, chemicals and/or poisons. Commercial child proof locks work well for kitty too.

 

     Burner covers for the stove top come in very handy and can be purchased for as low as $1.00. Never leave hot burners unattended until you know for sure how kitty will act around them. Better yet, train kitty to stay off the stove and kitchen counters altogether. Check out our Training Tips to stop Countersurfing kitty here. Throw out the plastic fruits and fruit bowls of yesteryear and make sure any fruits left out are safe for kitty to eat. Don’t leave tempting food on the counters uncovered. At least not until kitty has successfully passed the No Countersurfing course. MOL

 

     NEVER, leave the oven door open, especially when turned on. Kitty’s desire for warmth and natural curiosity combined with a hot oven can make for a deadly combination. Never leave the refrigerator or freezer doors open. More than once Raena’s tried to hop into the fridge for a look see. That girl does love her cheese. If you have one of those automatic dishwashers, keep the door closed and/or keep an eye on kitty while you load and unload. Anyways, me thinks you’re getting the idea here, open doors are rarely a kitty’s friend. 

 

Dezi lays in Gen7 stroller looking up at Raena who stands on the handle

Never underestimate a determined kitty.

 

 

 

Well, me’s gonna wrap it up fur today. As me meowed earlier, this will be a little miniseries, so we’ll be back next week with more Kitten/Cat Proofing ideas fur ya’. Don’t furget you can ketch up on any posty you may have missed by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything feline page from the menu above. And purrlease, leave your questions, comments and topic suggestions in the comments section below or send us an email via our Contact page. Remember when askin’ behavioral questions to purrlease be as specific as pawssible and include any examples you think are necessary. Now, let’s get some kitties adopted!!! OMC Me totally furgot to link up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday, so we had to come back and edit me’s posty. Now, let’s get some kitties adopted. 🙂

 

Till the next time……………………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle     

16 thoughts on “Service Cats: Kitten/Cat Proofing Your Home Pt. 1

  1. Great post, and very good advice ! I remember Claire and Momo kitten-proofing the house days before Pixie’s arrival, and crawling on the floor, trying to figure out what or where a kitten could get into mischief. Purrs, Zorro

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  2. Excellent post. Millie got shut in the fridge twice when he was little.The second time he meowed right away. XO

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  3. Great tips I like the one about using sleeves to cover wires….your both so sweet cute kittens now your gorgeous pussy cats. Hugs and Purrs. x😻🐾🐾

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  4. We all came home as young ones but not necessarily kittens. However, when we adopted Simon and Seal as kittens we remembered the importance of checking everything. Great info girls. Love ya sweeties!

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  5. I learned the lesson with Bear that each cat is different. Kitty-proofing was so easy with Kitty – but there were a ton of surprises when I adopted Bear. Stealing food on the counter, pen thieving, playing with EVERYTHING, taping cords to walls, eating plants, stealing small things … he really kept me on my toes. He taught me A LOT of cat-proofing!

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  6. Very good advice indeed. You two and your mom are very smart about all things kittens and cats.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. My best to your mom. ♥

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  7. Very good tips for us kitten owners. It’s been 10 years since Shoko was a kitten and we have forgotten the ease with which kittens get into all sorts of things. One thing not mentioned was the little garbage pails we all have in bathrooms or bedrooms. These are of a light material and easy to push over. Little bits of floss and other hazards are very dangerous to kitties. Our pails or baskets are up where kitty can’t get them.

    Jean

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  8. Girls, I dd get your meow mail. I wanted to say that Blogger doesn’t;t let us accept anonymous comments any more, if I’m not greatly mistaken. I will double check on that. I had turned off the acceptance of those a long time ago to keep awful trolls out. They used to masquerade under the anonymous thingy to make horrible comments. But I think BlogSpot pulled the plug on it themselves as well.

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    1. Oh no, most of the blogger blogs we follow have turned them on cuz comments are down with the changes and more peeps are havin’ to use the name/url option. But it does allow comments from anonymous peeps. So far nopawdy’s said whether they’re gettin’ ore spam than normal or not. Anyways, just so you know, we visit, we just couldn’t comment. We’ll check back in a bit. Big hugs

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena

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  9. I love this post… things what are totally common for us can be a challenge for a kitten or a puppy… and sadly FB is full with sad stories… even a simple houseplant can be a deadly danger sometimes… so we really need a good plan before we bring our fourlegged friend home…

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  10. All grr-eat tips! Raena and Dezi, your kitten photos are super cute! You were so-o tiny! Earlier this year I jumped into the dishwasher when Mom was loading it. I had never done that before and I won’t do it again, ’cause there are lots of pointy rods in it that hold dishes in place. Thank the Heavens that I didn’t land on one of them! Hugs & luvs.

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    1. Fanks Valentine. We’re glad you didn’t land on any of the pointy things either. Mommy’s our dishwasher, but we’ve heard of bad things happenin’ in those automatic ones. And, ya’ just never know when a kitty might try somethin’ they’ve never tried befur. A;ways better safe than sorry. Big hugs

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena

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