It’s National Animal Safety And Protection Month! Our feline friends are playful, curious, and energetic, and they love to explore and investigate things. This can be a dangerous combination! In this article from Armitage Animal Hospital, a Newmarket, ON vet offers tips on keeping your kitty safe.
Keep Fluffy In
One of the best things you can do to keep Fluffy safe is keep her inside. Your furry friend may think of herself as a fierce huntress, but she’s actually very small and vulnerable. Cars, weather, traffic, chemicals, predators, and other kitties are just a few of the things that can endanger cats in the Great Outdoors.
Never underestimate Fluffy’s knack for mischief! Make sure that your home is safe for your feline pal by removing or securing anything you don’t want her eating or playing with. That includes toxic plants; medicine; chemicals; wires and cords; and plastic bags, wires, and ties. You’ll also want to keep anything small or sharp out of paw’s reach. Buttons, pins, beads, coins, pieces of jewelry, and tacks are just a few examples.
Cats can be great companions for kids. They make great playmates and cuddle buddies, and can teach children about kindness, empathy, and friendship. However, there are many ways that small children can unintentionally hurt our feline friends. Toddlers may try to hold Fluffy the wrong way, drop her, or tumble onto her, to name just a few options. Plus, more than one youngster has learned the hard way that pulling on that fluffy tail is a good way to get scratched! Supervise all interactions between kids and kitties.
Address Household Dangers
Kitties love to investigate nooks and crannies. Make sure that your vents and air ducts close securely. If you burn candles, keep them in high, secure spots your furry pal can’t reach. You’ll also want to keep an eye on Fluffy when you use the washer or dryer, and make sure that she doesn’t hop in when you aren’t looking. Last but not least, check your windows and screens and make sure your furball can’t get out. If you have a kitten, you’ll need to be extra vigilant. Check under cushions, chairs, and recliners before sitting down.
Please reach out to Armitage Animal Hospital, your Newmarket, ON pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!