Cat proofing your home

13 December 2021
There is a lot to like about living with a cat – they’re low-maintenance, they provide quiet companionship, and they’re happy to play with us from time to time. If you want your feline friend to stay happy and healthy, you need to take some simple cat proofing measures in your home. Here’s our guide on how to cat proof a house:

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Creating a kitten proof home

Bringing home a kitten is an exciting moment, but they’re persistent little creatures that are always looking to get into trouble. Fortunately, it’s fairly simple to kitten proof your home – you just need to take some time to do some research and anticipate the most likely hazards.

A common question for new kitten owners is “how long should I keep my kitten in one room?” While every cat is unique, you should generally keep a kitten in one room for about two weeks. This provides them plenty of time to get familiar with you and the other humans – and pets – in your house without feeling overwhelmed. After two weeks, you can gradually introduce the cat into new parts of your house once you’re sure that your cat proofing project is complete.

Block off the stairs until your cat is at least six weeks old. Then, the first time your kitten encounters the stairs, be there to block off any potentially hazardous drops - your kitten will quickly learn to navigate with confidence.

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Cat proofing your furniture

One of the most common questions that cat owners ask is “how do I cat proof my couch?” Every type of furniture is at risk from scratching, and while the behaviour usually gets better as a cat ages, it never goes away entirely. The answer is a combination of limiting access, providing alternatives and protecting your furniture.

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Keeping your cat safe from toxic foods and plants

Preventing your cat from accidentally eating something poisonous is a key part of cat proofing your home. Cats are sensitive to a few common foods and plants that many people already have in their home, so when it comes to how to cat proof your home, getting rid of these is a must.

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Creating a cat proof balcony

If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony, there are a few extra measures you need to take to ensure that your cat stays safe. A cat proof balcony is one that is either inaccessible to your cat or which your cat can’t escape.

To make your balcony inaccessible to your cat, consider preventing your cat from entering the room that contains your balcony door. This ensures that there’s no chance that they will make a run for the door when you open it to get some fresh air.

Alternatively, consider locking the balcony door and keeping something on the keychain – such as a picture of the cat or a tag – to remind you to make sure the coast is clear before you open the balcony door.

The second way to create a cat proof balcony is to ensure that your cat can’t jump or fall from it. For this, the best option is to invest in balcony covers for cats - netting designed for precisely this purpose.

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