Typically, New Year’s comes with a plethora of resolutions and goals, other times it’s a promise to buy something you’ve been waiting a long time for. If that something is getting a furry friend, specifically a cat, we have some news for you.
While you have probably read tons of articles and made countless trips to local pet stores and animal shelters seeking the perfect kitty, there is still plenty you need to take into consideration…like cat proofing your home.
Beware of Poisonous Plants
If you have house plants sitting around, it’s a good idea to put them in a room where your kitty will not have access to them. Certain plants are poisonous to cats, and can cause vomiting, lethargy, and, in some cases, death.
Therefore, if you have plants such as lilies, foxglove, philodendron, azalea, rhododendron, among others, keep them away from your cat, since cats love to chew on grass and plants.
Put Away Your Valuables
If you have fine china on a dining room table, or lots of other breakable treasures around your house, put them in a display cabinet that can be locked or in a part of your house that kitty won’t have access to every day.
Since kittens as well as older cats love to jump around and explore every inch of their surroundings, chances are that if you don’t follow this advice, you’ll soon hear the sound of something you treasure falling to the floor and breaking into many pieces.
Check Your Windows and Screens
When you bring your new kitty home, one of the first things she may do is sit by a window and take in her new environment.
Before letting her do so, make sure your windows are secure and screens are latched tightly. If you don’t, you may turn your back for a minute, only to discover your new arrival has slipped out the window and disappeared.
Essential Supplies for Your Kitty
Along with taking steps to cat-proof your house, it’s also important to have plenty of essentials on hand when you bring your kitty home.
When it comes to buying cat food, include both wet and dry varieties. Also make sure to purchase some food and water bowls that are durable and will stand the test of time. For many people who work during the day, using automatic food and water dispensers that can hold large amounts at once can be beneficial.