|Posted on May 16, 2013 at 1:45 AM|
So, you've decided where you're going to go to adopt (a Siberian)! You've stocked up on essentials, and you've prepared her "safe room." There's only one step left to take care of before Homecoming Day: Kitten-proofing your home to save wear and tear on the household as well as for your new arrival.
The Kitten -Proofing Process
1. Get "Down and Dirty"
Start by putting on some old clothes and get down on the floor at a cat'slevel. You'll spot tempting hazards you may never have noticed from your human point of view.
Cats are inquisitive and curious (some might say"snoopy"), so you won't want to leave Great-Aunt Pearle's hand-painted china vase sitting on the coffee table. It will otherwise undoubtedly be the first sacrifice to your new kitty's exploration. Put away any breakable treasures. Remember that (SIberian kittens) and cats can, and will, jump onto shelves and counters, so put yourself into the mind of the cat, look around, and remove anything you value. Cats will get into everything.
Kittens may climb furniture and drapes. Consider covering cloth furniture with a purchased cover, or even with a blanket or bedspread. Drapes should be confined to off-limit rooms, or at the least, tied up and out of reach for the time being.
Kittens and adult cats love to play with plants--the motion of leaves moving in a draft is irresistable. Unfortunately, part of their play involves biting and tasting. And eating some plants can be fatal! So get rid of those dangeours plants. You might even want to consider artificial plants andflowers as a substitute--just make sure they don't have easily detachable (andingestible) berries, small twigs and such.
Kittens will love to bat around cords from hanging blinds, but can get tangled up in them with disastrous consequences. Either anchor the cords firmly or, better yet, tie them up out of reach.
Electrical and phone cords
Kittens' insatiable curiosity often leads them to one of the most dangerously temptable objects in the house: electric cords. Computers area particular hazard with their numerous cords dangling temptingly. Invest in a cord management system or tape the cords together and fasten them out of reach.Those that don't manage easily can be sprayed with Bitter Apple, a very unpleasant tasting, but harmless substance. Do the same with long phone cords.
Remove any ant or roach traps from accessible areas. If your cat will be an indoor-outdoor pet, also scour your yard and remove any left-over ant stakes or snail bait.
Rubber bands, paper clips, thumb tacks, broken balloons, decorating and wrapping tinsel and other small articles are irresistible play objects for kittens. However these all pose a choking hazard. Put them away in containers. A good rule of thumb is to put away anything that you would not want a human toddler to get his hands on--the same reasoning goes for your kitten or cat.
It's probably better to label the garage "off-limits" to your cat. Too many poisonous/hazardous materials are stored there. Anti-freeze is particularly poisonous and is attractive to animals because of its sweet taste. Make sure that any spilled anti-freeze is cleaned up immediately, and then the garage floor thoroughly washed. Store all caustic and poisonous materials in locked cabinets.
You've done your house-work and progressed along your journey toward your final goal: bringing your new Siberian to your safe home. All your hard work will be rewarded with a joy you simply can't imagine!