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Are you planning to get a new cat home? Do you have a cat that escapes regularly from your house? Have been told to catproof your house and are wondering how you should go about it? Do you want to know why catproofing is important for you and your cat?
Effectively catproofing your house
These are a few ways you can catproof your house:
- Metal meshes or nets: This is an essential step to catproofing. You can buy rust-free metal meshes and nets and fix them on all windows. You can get a mesh door for your main door and any other doors in the house. Ensure that the mesh or net does not have any gaps your cat can squeeze through.
- Lockable sliding doors and windows: Cats are extremely smart animals and can easily open all kinds of windows and doors, including the siding kind. Keep all your doors and windows securely locked at all times. for sliding windows, you can lock the railing on which they sit by inserting a hard tube or a piece of inflexible metal so your cat cannot slide windows open.
- No toxic plants at home: A number of indoor and outdoor plants can be extremely toxic for cats. Ask your vet, do some research, and remove all such plants from places to which your cat has access. This will ensure your cat does not nibble on a plant that is toxic for felines and fall sick.
- No access to medication: Ensure all medication for animals and humans are stored away securely, away from your cat. Do not leave out empty pill wrappers and bags for them to nibble as they might still contain some amount of medicine that could make your cat sick.
- No access to electric cables and wires: Cats have a habit of pawing and chewing everything they see, as they are curious by nature. Keep them away from any cables or wires that could give them an electric shock and hurt them in any way. They could also get tangled in cables so it is best to keep them away.
- No access to potentially dangerous spaces: Any place in your house where you store knives, tools, or any sharp and heavy objects that might potentially hurt your cat should be kept locked and out of bounds for your cat.
- Keeping your cat safely indoors
- Ensuring that your cat does not ingest anything toxic
- Creating a safe environment for your cat to play
Having an indoor and outdoor cat is advisable only when the surroundings are safe. As it is usually difficult to find a completely safe environment around your home, it is best to keep your cat indoors so that you do not have to worry about your cat being safe.