Your new feline friend is here! You’ve adopted a new companion and want to know what you need to do to preserve your cat’s safety and health in their new home. But even the simplest household objects can cause danger to your new furry friend. To ensure your cat’s safety and health, you’ll want to cat-proof each room. Here’s what you need to do to keep it safe!

How Do I Cat-Proof My Living Room?

Tie up or cut your blind cords and loops. You cat loves to play with hanging strings, and they can injure or even strangle themselves in blind cords. By opting for window treatments without looped cords, or cutting cords that are currently present, you can prevent these problems.
Keep your candles up high! Curious cats can find flames very entertaining, but they should not be allowed around them. Flameless candles can offer ambiance and scent without being a hazard to whiskers and tails of adventurous furry friends.
Cover up your electric cords and cables. Like dogs, chewing is a common cat hobby, so make sure your cords are bundled up and covered to prevent shocking chewing habits!
Be careful with essential oils and potpourri. Some essential oils can be toxic to your cat’s eyes, mouth, ears, and skin, so do your research before using these products around your cat.
Do your research on indoor plants. Some common home plants, like lilies, sago palms, and cyclamen can cause serious problems for your cat’s health. Talk to your veterinarian and do your research before bringing any new plant life into your home.

How Do I Cat-Proof My Bedroom And Living Room?

Clear off your nightstand. Medications, rubber bands, needles or thread, or any other hazard that can be found and easily accessed off nightstands present hazards to your new cat.
Mothballs should be hidden or removed. These are often toxic for cats when eaten or sniffed, and should not be given the opportunity for a curious cat!
Power down or remove your paper shredder. Cat paws are the perfect size for investigating a paper shredder, and should be kept far away from sharp blades! Keep your paper shredder on off instead of “auto” or “standby” or unplug when not in use.

How Do I Cat-Proof My Kitchen?

Keep your cupboards or pantry doors closed. Cleaners, chemicals, trash, and pet/people food should be stashed away, possibly behind child-proof locks on cabinet doors and pantries.
Cover your trash! Cat’s can suffocate in food bags, get sick from compost, or eat any number of mysterious, and dangerous, things when they get into what gets thrown away in our homes.
Cover your stovetop. Active cats can enjoy journeying across a stovetop, and the painful landing of jumping on or traveling across a recently turned off burner is one they’ll remember. Try to keep your cats from jumping up to them, and use burner covers on hot burners.

How Do I Cat-Proof My Bathroom?

Cover up your bathroom trashcan! Cats love to play with dental floss and other string-like hygiene products, all of which can present serious digestive obstruction if eaten.
Use your medicine cabinet! Your medication and supplements are massive poison hazards if your cat can get a hand on over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as natural supplements.
Keep the toilet seat lid down. It can be funny if a curious cat makes a mistake, but your feline friends, especially kittens, can be in danger if they fall in. Don’t let toilet bowl cleaners sit in the bowl either!

How Do I Cat-Proof My Garage?

Keep the clothes dryer closed! Toasty dryers are cozy places for your cat to take a nap, but they’re fatal if turned on with them inside. Make sure to check them before use!
Store and hide your garage chemicals. Automotive chemicals, cleaning chemicals, and lawn maintenance products are a wonderland of dangerous hazards. Stash them away to prevent paws from reach.
Take special care in storing rock salt and ice melters. Northern pet parents know ice melts are important, but they can burn sensitive paws and cause stomach problems. Use pet-safer ice melt products instead, and store them away!

Do you have more questions about being a pet parent? Be sure to check out the THRIVE Guide for Pet Parents weekly to get the answers to your most popular questions. For specific questions and routine care, book an appointment at your local THRIVE. Our veterinarians are here to provide exceptional and essential care for your pet. Don’t wait – book a nose-to-tail pet exam today!