Bringing a new cat into your home is an exciting time. It’s an experience that everybody should have at least once in their lifetime. It’s important to remember a few practicalities though, in between all the fun and excitement. Some time spent pet-proofing with these simple steps will go a long way to help ensure that your new kitty stays with you – and stays safe and healthy – for many years to come.
If you already have young (human) children, you may already have made a good amount of pet-proofing progress. But even if so, there are important differences in home safety needs between young children and young (or even older) cats. After all, we don’t expect too many infants or toddlers to chew on electric cords or grab the dental floss out of the bathroom wastebasket, but give a kitten the chance to do either and, more often than not, he’ll happily do so. So invest a bit of time now to evaluate (or reevaluate) the safety of your cat’s environment, and you can focus more on the fun and excitement in the days, months, and years to come.