Greetings. Snoops and Kommando Kitty here. Did you know that October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month? Guess humans need to be reminded on a regular basis how important it is that they take care of us. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you and your humans of some common sense ways to keep us happy and healthy.
Electrical Cords are Not Food or Toys
Some cats love playing with yarn. And some cats love playing with anything that looks like yarn, including electrical cords. If you’re not careful, you can get zapped chewing on a cord. Even if that doesn’t happen, it could start a fire and ruin your happy home. If you are one of those kitties who can’t seem to resist cords, we recommend your human coat them in cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce, or orange/lemon peel. Or possibly bundle them together and put cardboard tubing around them (of course, some of us also love gnawing on a good cardboard tube.)
Houseplants Also are Not Food
A lot of plants are not good for kitties. Additionally, some humans get really attached to their houseplants and are upset if you eat them. We have written about the types of plants that are not good for kitties here and here. We recommend hanging plants, although a previous resident cat here managed to devour a huge hanging spider plant in one sitting so that’s no guarantee.
Just Because it’s Good for Humans, Doesn’t Mean it Will Help Cats
Humans put a lot of things in their bodies that are just not good for cats. We have talked about poisonous foods before. In particular, avoid onions and garlic. Some of us love milk, and some of us are lactose-intolerant. Some of us love beef, and some of us have trouble digesting it. Also, do not let your human give you aspirin or Tylenol. They work well for humans, but may be toxic to kitties. Also encourage your human not to throw their trash where you can get into it.
Curtains and Drapes aren’t as Much Fun as They Look Like
Curtains look like a lot of fun to climb. But it’s really easy to get a claw caught. You can pull a muscle trying to get down. And humans are really fussy about having pulls or tears in their curtains. Vertical blinds are the best; there’s nothing to get stuck on. Avoid pull-cords that have loops. You can get your neck caught in it, and that will not end well.
Carpets and Rugs are Potential Traps
You shouldn’t sharpen your claws in the carpet; it really upsets the humans. Besides, you can get caught and hurt yourself trying to get free. Additionally, don’t play beneath rugs (particularly if you’re small or a kitten). The humans might not see you and could step on you. Encourage your humans to get tight weaves if they’re looking for new carpeting.
Plastic Bags and Buckets
It’s fun to play in bags. But if you get caught in a plastic bag, you can’t breathe. Make sure your human doesn’t leave them laying around where temptation may get the best of you. Also, watch out for buckets/trash cans that have lids that can close on you. Being trapped is scary and could end badly.
Cleaning Products Don’t Just Smell Bad
You know how bad it smells when your human is cleaning the kitchen? Some of those products are really bad for kitties. In particular, stay away from drain cleaners and oven sprays. Make sure your human never uses bleach or industrial-strength cleaners on your litter box. Those cleaners are irritating to a lot of cats; and If there’s still urine in the box, it can create toxic fumes. (And the smell may drive you away from your box.)
If You Break It, Run Away
Humans really shouldn’t leave breakable things in a place where we can push them off the counter/shelf, but you know how they are. If you do break something, we recommend you run. First, they’re probably going to be mad. Second, you don’t want to cut yourself on the pieces.
Don’t Play in the Machines
The humans have a lot of big toys that we really should stay away from. The washing machines, dryers, ovens, dish washers, and refrigerators all look like fun places to explore and maybe take a nap. Problem is, humans are pretty absent-minded and might turn them on with you inside. That would be extremely unpleasant.
- Visit the vet as needed (you know your schedule).
- Make sure you’re micro-chipped or have a collar with contact information in case you get separated from your human
- Have your humans draw up a plan in case of emergency (who is responsible for you)
- Have your human learn basic animal first aid
- If you’re not feeling well, make sure your human knows it. They know what’s normal for you.
Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed going over this information with your human. If not, we’ll be back next week with something more fun.
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28 thoughts on “Cat Forum: Focus on Safety”
Well I wish my neighbor would stop throwing out small chicken bones especially where dogs walk and cats go out.
That is awful. It’s such a temptation for them
All comon sense to those who should and ought to know better. Good job Snoops and Commando.
Thank you! Coincidentally, as we were typing this response, Sgt Stripes attacked a tiny stuffed koala attached to a lamp shade and ending up breaking the bulb.
ACKKKKKkkkkkkkkk! Sgt.STRIPES! YOu should be a mentor…not a destructor! Especially of light bulbs!
He’s trying the the lying still and looking cute approach right now
Good advice. We have experienced a few of these things and have even installed child locks at our previous home specifically for the cats (mostly Chris).
Thank you. I am discovering that Sgt Stripes is much more work than any of the other cats I’ve lived with.
Same here when we adopted Chris, which we never regretted.
Wee have no house plantss an BellaSita followss all yore other tipss….
Mee brakess one tho’! Mee lovess to dive under hallway runner!! Mee only does it at nite time when wee are playin Firefly Lazer toy!
Mee DID jump innto THE fridge a few timess….BellaSita cott on purrty quiklee…..it was funny when shee opened THE door tappin her paw on THE floor an tryin to look angry~~~then shee laffed out loud.
Shee iss furry carefull with garbage an cordss an all tricky nasty stuff.
Thanx fore THE reeminder; it nevurr ehrtss to reememburr these impatent factss Snoops an Kommando an *ahem* Sgt Stripes….brakin a lite bulb 😦
Sounds like you guys have everything under control. We’ve been in the washer, but never the refrigerator.
Youss been inn washer??? YORE SO BRAVE!!!
Fridge was kewl…mew mew mew furry kewl… 😉
Excellent post. My Rosie loves plastic bags so we have to be very careful to keep them away from her. XO
Thank you! One of the previous residents used to eat them if we left them laying around
Speaking of the human knowing things that are good for me… I think I should remind her she has ice cream!!!
I have to say I am very good about not breaking things. Unless they are mice, in which case they just seem to break on their own, MOL Great points to share, thank you. Same applies to humans too, well some things do. I’ve not caught Mrs H chewing flex, but there is bound to be a first time!
Mice are rather fragile, now that you mention it.
This is important for all cat family houses… Thank you, Love, nia
Very wise tips! Though Frodo agrees that humans should not put tempting vases around the house if they don’t want them broken!
Purr-cisely! Purrs, Snoops and Kommando Kitty
Most welcoming tips, Snoops and Kommando Kitty, thank you for sharing😺 We already have experienced a lot of things, Stippie is a plastic fetish, so we have to be very careful with plastic, also when it hangs out of the bin, and Peachy likes the electrical cords a little to much, so we had to hide them too and he wants to eat everything he sees🙀, but they only do it when we are around, they just want your attention and I’m in the lucky position that I can give it and distract them every time they do this, but we also have put away a lot of things until they’re big boys😸Double Pawkisses from us to all of you🐾😽💞
You are exactly right. We are just really curious about a lot of things. Stippie and Peachy are really lucky to have found you
Thanks, for the wise tips, my cats are obsessed with scratching the carpet. They always get their nails caught!
Thank you! You might want to get them a carpeted scratching post.