Kittens are small balls of energy that love running around. It can be cute to look at until your kitten gets hurt and you end up at the vets. So, it's important to kitten-proof your house and here's how to do that.
You're watching in awe as your little white bundle of joy hops around its new home: your very own living space. It's climbing cabinets, hiding under your bed, and fussing over your plants...
When there's a sudden loud crash. Did it break the China vase? Or was it your antique mirror? It's a shame either way.
However, these are all avoidable tragedies. You may not be able to control your kitty's excitement over a new home, but you can help the house — and the kitten — guard themselves against each other's inflictions!
What is Kitten-Proofing?
Kitten proofing means making your house suitable for your kitten to live in it. This process comprises of two parts:
1. Making Your Kitten Safe for the House
The first part essentially refers to all the measures you may adopt to make certain vulnerable areas of your house safe from your kitten's unwanted advances. You see, an unforeseen lick, a few scratch marks, or a hearty deposit of cat hair are all a bane in an unprotected house. So to protect your home against those sharp fangs and those sudden urges to poop here's what you need to do:
Remove Items that are Prone to Scratches
Your LED, carpets, and even wooden flooring are highly susceptible to scratches from your kitty's unstoppable paws. Therefore, it's best if you inspect all that furniture in your house that might have to endure a kitty's sharp paws. Examples may include glass surfaces, rugs, and wooden areas. Once your inspection is over, you may replace anything that can be removed and deposit it to a safer place until you've trained your kitty!
Case Your Wires
Your PlayStation extensions, LED cables, and phone wires are some of those many wirings around the house to which your cat will most probably find easy access. Since it'll be hectic to change all such wirings or remove these appliances, you can protect the wires instead. You can get removable PVC casings from any home improvement store near you and enclose the cables that are in constant use.
Do Not Allow Free Access
Since you can't revamp the whole house at once to protect it against your kitten, you may instead limit its access to the various parts of your home. For this, having a spare room is the best thing that can happen. You can proof this whole room for your kitten so that there's nothing that it can ruin. Meanwhile, you may restrict access to the main areas or high hazard areas through child barriers and other techniques so that the cat can't mess around!
Accessorize Your House
You may get fluffy and chewy pet toys, scratch posts, and potty trainers to further protect your properties. For example, the scratch post will prevent your kitten from scratching any other surface. The pet toys will keep your cat from gnawing on unwanted objects, and the potty trainer will prevent your kitty from casually soiling different areas of the house.
2. Make Your House Safe for the Kitten
The second part is just as imperative as the previous one. Your kitten, whether it's a newborn or a three-month-old toddler, it'll always remain a magnet for all sorts of troubles — until you decide to adopt these protective measures:
Hide All Chemicals
You may have laundry detergent, dishwasher, shoe polish, paints, makeup products, shampoos, and a host of other chemical-based products in your house, and if you're not careful enough, these can prove to be fatal for your kitty. Since it doesn't realize the dangers of contact with these chemicals, you'll have to hide them to avoid your kitten sufferings from any unfortunate incident.
Cover Sharp Edges
Kittens are quick on their feet and are quick to probe into anything that they find curious. Often, this means sharp edges and objects, which can range from your drawer's corner to the forks lying neatly on your dining table. As a result, your kitten might bump its head or damage its paws, or probably gnaw on something too sharp for its fragile mouth. You can prevent this by covering the edges using plastic covers, or you can move around the furniture a little bit so your kitten is far away from anything that can be harmful.
Cover the Drains
Although they're vertebrates, kittens have small and flexible bodies to get into drains and sewers and eventually get stuck inside. As a result, your washing areas, restrooms, kitchen drains, and the central drainage system are full of dangers for the young litter. Since you can't relocate or remove these drains, you may have to reinforce their covering to ensure that your kitten doesn't wriggle its way inside!
You'll have to maintain a thorough cleaning routine with a little kitty under your care. Small objects such as pencil shavings and misplaced needles, dust and dirt, spilled items, and any other pollutant in your kitten's living space are all red flags.
Build a Safe Space for the Kitty
If you limit your kitten to just one corner of the house with absolutely zero creativity, it'll push the young champ into forced captivity and will hinder the development of its senses and skills. Now, your whole house may have unexpected traps for your kitten, so it would be impossible to effectively kitten-proof the entire space.
What you can do instead is build a separate living space for your cat. This would consist of a litter tray, a feeding area, a makeshift restroom, some toys, and spare household objects that may be safe for the kitten. This way, you'll be able to train it in a miniature version of a house until it's well aware of the dos and don'ts of living in a bigger place!
Kittens are an absolute delight to have around the house, and you can’t wait for them to mature into adulthood! Meanwhile, though, you have to oversee its growth as a kitten to ensure it develops healthily in a fully kitten-proof setting using the tips given above!