Some clichés are truer than others, and cats being curious is definitely one of them. Cats’ curious nature is one of the things that makes them such wonderful pets—whether they are chasing a new toy or making friends with someone they haven’t met before.
But this curious nature can sometimes extend to household objects, which can be harmful to your cat if care isn’t taken. Fortunately, with just a little planning and awareness, most of these dangers can be avoided to create a Cat-Friendly Home.
Common Household Hazards
According to pet nutrition experts James Wellbeloved, one of the most common household cat injuries is poisoning from eating houseplants which are toxic for them. Sometimes the bright colours and sweet smell tempts cats to give the leaves or flower a nibble, while other times they brush up against pollen that they later swallow while grooming themselves.
Warm Utility Devices
Cats love to sleep. More than that, they love to sleep in warm dark spaces. To a cat, nothing is more inviting for an afternoon snooze. However, cats are unaware that sometimes these places are not safe for a quick kip. The heat of an open oven or a recently used dryer can attract cats to them like moths to a lamp, and a distracted owner might then close the device without realising their cat is inside.
Some of us like to leave out bowls of chocolates, raisins, or grapes for guests. Unfortunately, these are some of the foods which are bad for cats and can cause digestion or health issues.
Perfumes, Medications, and Chemicals
While owning a cat is no excuse for not having a clean home, it is also important that any perfumes, lotions, cleaning agents, or chemicals are always properly closed and secured somewhere where your curious cat cannot reach. Like houseplants, chemicals can sometimes entice a curious kitty into having a taste, which is harmful to their health.
Small objects, e.g. elastic bands
Although cats occasionally taste things just to get a sense of what they are, they are generally very good at not trying to eat things which should not be eaten. Unfortunately, playing with small objects can still sometimes lead to accidental choking, so it’s a good idea to keep all small objects in drawers or closed boxes when not in use.
Cat-Friendly Home Checklist
These are just some of the most common ways cats can harm themselves around the home. Fortunately, it only takes a little care and awareness to keep your home safe for your cat:
- Replace any toxic plants with those that are safe for cats.
- Always keep an eye on where you cat is resting or playing. Check before you close any boxes, doors, or utilities that your cat hasn’t sneaked past you.
- Don’t leave food out or exposed, especially if it is unhealthy for cats to consume.
- Firmly close all bottles of perfume, chemicals, and/or medication and keep them shut in a box or cupboard that your cat cannot access.
- Keep all small, loose objects in dedicated storage spaces that your cat cannot reach.
Finally, make time to play with your cat and keep them entertained. One of the reasons cats sometimes hurt themselves is because they are trying to find new and exciting ways to amuse themselves around the house. By exercising their bodies and minds with fun games and lots of attention, they will be more satisfied with their daily activities and, so, less likely to accidentally hurt themselves in other ways.