Almost everyone has heard the expression "curiosity killed the cat," and if you're a cat owner, it's time to take those words to heart. First-time cat owners should especially be aware of common hazards that pose a potential threat to their pet. Here are four ways to prevent your curious cat from danger.
1. Be Mindful of What Your Cat Chews On
Your curious cat or kitten may be drawn to such objects as string, yarn, rubber bands or electrical cords. Keep temptation at bay by not allowing your feline friend to play with these objects. String, yarn, and rubber bands could pose a choking hazard. If ingested, any of the above may cause a serious blockage that could be fatal.
Many kittens and adult cats are attracted to electrical cords and will attempt to chew on them if the opportunity presents itself. Live electrical cords and wires could cause serious burns to your cat's mouth or worse, cause an electrical shock. Cat-proof your home by keeping all electrical cords hidden and taped down with electrical tape.
Additionally, keep household plants out of the reach of your cat. Most cats cannot resist chewing on plant leaves, and many household plants are toxic to pets if ingested. Learn which plants are poisonous, and if in doubt, ask your veterinarian.
2. Recognize the Danger of Accessible Appliances
As a cat owner, you probably know that felines love to cozy up in warm, snug places. Cats are notorious for hiding away in small enclosures, either to nap or escape surrounding activity. If your feline friend climbs into a washer or dryer and you inadvertently turn the appliance on, it could mean agony or death for your pet.
Don't risk the chance by remembering to keep the washer and dryer doors closed so your cat doesn't get into the habit of climbing inside. Also, check inside the washer and dryer before turning them on to be sure your cat is not hiding inside. Do this every time you are about to use the appliance.
The same rule should apply to other household appliances. Don't allow your cat access to the dishwasher or refrigerator. Keep appliance doors shut.
3. Keep Your Cat Out of the Kitchen
Your curious cat might be tempted by the smell of foods coming from your kitchen, but this area should be off limits to them. Cats tend to be excellent jumpers, and if your cat or kitten jumps onto a hot stove or into a pot of boiling water, results could be disastrous.
Also, allowing your cat in the kitchen may provide easy access to foods that can be poisonous to cats. Don't allow your cat to sneak away with grapes, raisins, onions, or garlic, as these foods are toxic to felines and could cause serious illness. In addition, don't allow your cat to taste chocolate of any kind, as it contains the chemical theobromine, which is another toxic ingredient for cats.
4. Secure Your Windows With Screens
Most cats enjoy perching on window sills, soaking up the sun and watching wildlife outdoors. While this can provide enjoyment for your feline friend, it may also pose a threat of a fall if windows are unsecured. Even a fall from a seemingly low height could cause your cat to sustain a serious injury, such as a broken bone or dislocation or internal bleeding.
Never leave a window open without a window screen in place. In addition, periodically check the window screen to be certain it has no rips and is firmly in place.
In conclusion, if your cat has experienced an accident or gained access to a toxic substance, don't delay in seeking emergency treatment at your veterinary hospital. Your pet may not show signs of illness right away, and delay in treatment may have serious consequences.