When choosing to have a pet, mainly a cat, you want to be able to provide a safe and pleasant environment for your new family member. Cats adapt very well to different types of homes, be it an apartment or a house but their claws and teeth could wreak havoc in your previously tidy and neat home. Luckily, there are things you can do to cat-proof your home so that your home is safe and enjoyable for your new pet and is easy to live in for yourself.
Test your screens
If you often have your windows open, check that your screens do not give in easily. Some screens can pop out, thus letting your cat out or even injuring your cat if you live on a top floor. If you see that your screens do pop out, secure them well or change them to protect your new pet.
Always check your washer, dryer and dishwasher
Cats have a tendency to crawl into places where it’s warm. When you’re done using these appliances, make sure you close them well to avoid your cat getting inside and trapped. In addition, always check if your cat isn’t inside before you run them.
Cover your trash bins
Sometimes cats decide they want to explore the inside of your trash bin. They will either get things out that might make them sick (or make your home smell) or will knock the trash can over with all its contents spilling on the floor. They can also injure themselves if you have thrown away sharp items. An easy solution is a can lid that can be locked in place.
Put the toilet lid down
Cats might be lured to your toilet as there’s always water available there. Cats, especially kittens, can drown even in a small amount of water, including your toilet bowl. To avoid it from happening, just put the lid down when the toilet’s not in use.
Look inside your furniture
While it might be difficult to change or cat-proof your furniture, make sure you look inside before you open up your sofa-bed or recline your arm chair. You will be surprised how often cats crawl inside these!
Don’t leave candles unattended
Cats can catch their fur on fire if they come too close to candles, so never leave them unattended if you have one lit.