Kittens are born explorers and exploring their environment helps them establish a safe and secure territory. However this can lead your kitten into potentially dangerous situations so it’s important to take precautions against any potential dangers.
- Keep windows closed so your kitten can't fall out or escape. If you do need to open a window ensure that your kitten can't get out. For example, mesh screens are available to secure over open windows.
- Keep kittens away from poisonous houseplants (including lilies, ivies, philodendrons and poinsettias) and poisonous garden plants ( including crocuses, dafodils, tulips, snowdrops, lily of the valley and aconite).
- Don't leave food out and ensure that kittens can't access boiling saucepans and kettles or sharp knives.
- It's not uncommon for kittens to swallow wool or threads. These can become very difficult to remove and are epecially dangerous if attached to a needle.
- Don't allow kittens onto a balcony.
- Remove breakable ornaments.
- Use a fireguard to protect kittens from open fires and chimneys.
- Keep fish tanks and bird cages out of reach ot your kitten.
- Keep detergents and chemicals out of reach, including metaldehyde - in slug/snail baits/pellets and ethylene glycol –the active ingredient in antifreeze.
- Plastic bags, electrical equipment and cables all pose a risk to kittens.
- Open washing machines, tumble driers and open toilets pose a risk for kittens.
- Make sure that there are no gaps under garden fences that a kitten could get under and escape the safety of the garden.
- Keep all medicines out of reach, including over the counter medicines such as paracetamol, and spot-on flea treatments for dogs – many contain Permethrin which is poisonous to cats
- Decorating materials – e.g. paints, varnishes, preservatives, paint and glass cleaners can contain petroleum distillates; are harmful to cats.
For more information speak to one of our veterinary nurses.