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Video:How to Cat-Proof a Home

with Debbie Anderson

This video demonstrates tips on how to cat-proof a home so that your furniture doesn't get ruined and your cat doesn't get hurt or sick. Here, learn how to properly cat-proof a home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Cat-Proof a Home

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com.

Before Bringing a Cat Home

If you're thinking about getting a cat there are a few preparations that need to be made around the home before bringing that new little purr-friendly bundle joy into your home! So today I'm going so show you how to cat-proof your home in just a few easy steps!

Tips for How to Cat-Proof a Home

First, remove any harmful or breakable items from low shelves and cupboards where your cat might be able to access them causing harm to both themselves or to your breakable items.

Next, install child proof locks on the doors of lower kitchen cabinets that hold poisonous cleaning supplies, and always close doors that lead to rooms where your cat might want to curl up in a warm harmful place, such as in a laundry rooms or a hot water heater closet.

Next, place sewing and needlework supplies in closed containers because cats just love to bat and play with these types of supplies and could easily harm themselves while playing with them.

Next, remember to keep the seat down on the toilet to prevent your cat from falling in or drowning in the toilet if they try to drink from the toilet.

Next, use rubber bands to tie up any loose window blind strings and tie up any hanging drapes until your cat has learned not to use the furniture as a scratch pad.

Next, use split flex tubing to hide dangling electrical wires from electronics and computers, and secure loose wires running throughout the home to a nearby wall with cable nail-in clips to prevent your cat from pulling, playing, or chewing on these dangerous cords.

Next, always use covered garbage cans to prevent your cat from spreading the garbage all over your floor and always remember to pick up any small items such as bottle caps, small bits of string or twine, or anything else on or near the floor that could be harmful to your cat if it is ingested.

Next, for both the safety of your cat and your house plants, remove any harmful plants, or plants that you don't want harmed from areas where your cat could reach them.

Finally, always remember to keep pest and rodent control items out of the reach of your cat, or you might end up eliminating your cat instead of your pest and rodent problems!

General Rule of Thumb for How to Cat-Proof a Home

As a general rule of thumb, when cat-proofing your home, continuously look around your home through the eyes of a cat and if there is anything harmful or breakable that looks like it would be something your cat might want to play with, then remove, hide, or find away to prevent your cat from playing with these items to keep your cat safe.

By constantly evaluating your living environment for cat care and safety issues, you and your new feline friend can enjoy many safe years together.

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