SPRING GARDENING TIPS FOR CAT OWNERS
The spring season means gardening, and when you have cats, why not make a garden you can both enjoy? Read up on your felines’ favorite plants as well as a few poisonous plants you need to skip. Plus, check out these must-see cat garden tips and tricks!
How to Cat-Proof Your Home
12 helpful tips to create a safe environment and cat-proof your home, so your cat can roam free without causing you to worry!
1. Store your medicine properly
Store all medicines and chemicals in a tightly enclosed space, and make sure no clever cats can find their way in!
2. Check window screens
When cat-proofing, to prevent falls, ensure your window screens are locked into place and can’t come loose.
3. Research plant safety
There are a large number of plants that may be poisonous to cats, so before you buy any for your home, make sure to research which are plants safe for cats. Some common plants that are poisonous to cats include lilies, tulips, English ivy, oleander and azaleas.
4. Keep the seat down
Be careful about leaving toilet bowls open: Small cats may fall in and get stuck. Toilet bowl cleaners can also leave a residue on the bowl which is harmful to cats.
5. Store your gear
Keep fishing lines and hooks confined and out of the reach of cats, because they can get stuck in paws or curious mouths. Hooks can be extremely dangerous to intestines if swallowed.
6. Practice cord safety
Tie up any excess cords or ties, or tack them down when necessary.
7. Protect tiny toes from open fires
Avoid candles and open fires. Heat sources such as wood stoves and fireplaces should be screened off to prevent cats from accessing them.
8. Keep poisons out of reach
Chocolate, coffee and tea all contain Xanthines, which are dangerous to felines, and should be placed out of their reach. Grapes and raisins are also poisonous to cats.
9. Close the door
Keep doors to warm places such as ovens, microwaves and clothing dryers closed, as cats might sneak inside there for a nap and could get stuck.
10. Keep playtime safe
Be careful about leaving strings around, and make sure to only use cat-safe toys. Strings can be harmful if swallowed.
11. Provide a smoke-free home
Tobacco and nicotine products can be toxic or fatal to cats, so be mindful of keeping them out of your cat’s reach.
12. Keep the kitchen clean
Uncooked meat, fish and poultry can contain disease-causing bacteria. You should be careful when cooking, and make sure not to leave any contaminated silverware lying around.
Keep your home feline-friendly and cat proof with these 12 tips. Your furry friends will love you even more for putting their safety first!