So you’re planning or are already in possession of a fluffy fur baby in your house. Now you are responsible for them and you need to try to make your home as safe as possible for the little kitten. What dangers can lie in wait for him?
Here are a few common dangers for your Scottish Fold and Straight that can be present in your home
Washers, Dryers, Dishwashers
Cats love warm, cozy places where they can curl up and take a nap. A washing machine or dishwasher is just such a warm and cozy place. Keep their doors closed at all times. Before turning on the machine, check it, because more than one calmly and serenely sleeping cat has found an untimely death when turning on the machine
Fold and unfold the sofa bed with care. If you do this with sudden movements, you can injure a cat that has curled up under the sheets or crawled under the sofa. Before folding the sofa bed, check it and pat the seat once or twice if your cat is nowhere to be seen.
Windows and Balconies
People seem to think that since cats land on their feet when they fall, they must have developed some wonderful innate sense of fear of heights. Nothing like this! Every year, thousands of cats are seriously injured or killed by jumping out of an open window or balcony. Sure, they land on their feet, but that doesn’t help them much when falling from the twentieth floor. Make good strong window screens. Even a tiny hole not covered by a net is a big risk for a curious and energetic cat. Never let a cat go out on a balcony. Predatory instincts will prevail over the fear of heights. Some butterfly or bird might make your cat jump, and the result will be very deplorable. Watching a cat doesn’t really matter because bad luck can happen at any second. Avoid any situation in which a moment’s delusion could cost the cat its life. Prepare a safe indoor spot for the cat near a window where she can sit and look outside, and explain to her that this is much better. I made a removable window with a metal mesh on the balcony. In the summer I install this window and my cat, getting access to fresh air, does not risk falling out of the window. in which a minute delusion can cost a cat its life. Prepare a safe indoor spot for the cat near a window where she can sit and look outside, and explain to her that this is much better. I made a removable window with a metal mesh on the balcony. In the summer I install this window and my cat, getting access to fresh air, does not risk falling out of the window. in which a minute delusion can cost a cat its life. Prepare a safe indoor spot for the cat near a window where she can sit and look outside, and explain to her that this is much better. I made a removable window with a metal mesh on the balcony. In the summer I install this window and my cat, getting access to fresh air, does not risk falling out of the window.
Dangers in the Kitchen
Cats lick and eat anything that tastes good to them. If you leave a knife on the kitchen table that you just used to cut meat, your cat is likely to lick its blade and may severely cut the tongue. The same goes for food processor blades. If you leave a washcloth in the sink that you used to clean your roasting pan, don’t be surprised if you find it gnawed on. Rinse your knives thoroughly after use, and keep washcloths in the closet – in short, take precautions!The stove burners can easily burn delicate cat paws. Never allow a cat to jump on the stove and kitchen counters, use protective covers for the burners. All this will help you to a large extent prevent the possibility of an extremely painful burn of the cat’s paws. Place the kettle near the back of the stove to reduce the chance of it falling off the stove or being burned by hot steam.
Ropes, threads, ribbons, and yarn
Ropes are wonderful toys when you play with your cat and drag them across the floor. But if she swallows them, they immediately become extremely dangerous. This is especially true when a cat swallows a thread, the end of which is threaded into a needle. But even if there is no needle, a piece of thread, string, yarn, Christmas decorations, or a plastic bag can become entangled in the cat’s intestines and cause pain, intestinal damage, and possibly death. When you leave home, put all these items away. If you find that your cat has a rope end protruding from the front or back, do not pull on it! If the rope is tangled in her insides, pulling her out, you can cause internal damage to the cat. Instead, take the cat to the vet. This is essential!
Never treat your cat with human medications unless your veterinarian has instructed you to do so. Tylenol’s acetaminophen and some medications containing aspirin can be fatal to cats. Ibuprofen, found in some medications, is also toxic to cats. Aspirin is also dangerous for them. Be on the lookout and remember: pills can kill. These precautions should be extended to prescribed drugs. Cats are very fond of chasing pills and pills, but this can be deadly. Close medicine jars tightly with lids and store in a safe place.
When cats jump from above or below a shelf or table, a surprisingly large force acts on these objects at the moment they land. If this item is unstable, the cat will be in trouble. Check your furniture! Click on the edge of each piece of furniture. If it wobbles, reinforce it. Another type of danger is such unstable objects as books and magazines that hang over the edge of the table. The cat, believing that they are securely fastened, jumps on their overhanging edges, and then it all falls down together. File cabinets with drawers pulled out are also hardly sustainable. If a cat jumps on a box, it can overturn the entire cabinet, and the consequences will be the most disastrous
Toilet cleaners, including those in the cistern, are extremely dangerous for animals. All detergents and disinfectants are also dangerous, and not only chlorine-containing ones. It is better to store them in a place inaccessible not only to children, but also to animals.
If you slam a heavy door shut behind you, you can kill a small kitten and cause serious injury to an adult cat. When closing a door, always look back and close it carefully. You should not allow yourself to mistakenly injure (or worse) a kitten that is impatiently running after its best friend and risking itself.
Fireplaces and Candles
If you have a new cat or kitten in your home, you need a well-fitting fireplace screen for a variety of reasons. First of all, a cat that has a good reason (for example, being in a state of severe fright) can climb into the fireplace. Murphy’s rule says that if you have a white cat, as soon as a white sofa appears nearby, she will immediately climb into it. Secondly, ash is a great alternative to cat litter. As soon as you want to light the fireplace, you will get new and memorable sensations. Thirdly, warm ashes may seem like a pretty inviting place for a cat to curl up and sleep in. This can lead to paw burns or worse. And the last: for many cats, the flame has a bewitching effect. This has become quite relevant now, when the power is turned off in many cities. We all use candles or kerosene stoves at this time. Therefore, reliable protection against any open flame is necessary.
The bones of chicken, fish, pork, turkey, and in general all small bones that can be easily chewed will attract your cat. Such small bones can get stuck in the digestive tract if the cat swallows them and causes internal illness. Be sure to throw the bones in a trash can that your cat can’t climb into.
Thumbtacks and Pins
Cats love objects that they can chase. Thumbtacks, especially those with plastic heads, are wonderful toys for cats. She chases them with her paw and rushes at them. The potential danger here is obvious. Always remove buttons! Close your sewing box. Remove all craft supplies. Also try to ensure that small items of children’s toys do not fall on the floor.
There are a surprising number of plants that are toxic to cats in one way or another. Here are just a few of the most common plants: amaryllis, azalea, cactus, christmas rose, hawthorn corollas, calla, dieffenbachia, alocasia, dracaena, fern, ficus, caladium, clematis, boxwood, false daffodil, foxglove, holly, hydrangea, iris, lily of the valley, mistletoe, purple bindweed, nettle, philodendron, privet, magnolia, wisteria, yew. This is just an incomplete list. If you have reason to suspect that your cat is throwing up because she has eaten a plant, grab the cat and a sample of that plant and rush to the vet. Some plants are extremely poisonous, while others are less poisonous.