Kittens are tiny, playful, and extremely curious. Everyday is a new adventure as they grow, learn, and explore their environment. To small kittens and young cats, everything is a toy and nothing is off limits. This boundless energy and endless curiosity means seemingly harmless, every day items can become a danger.
Plastic Supermarket Bags
Leave a bag on the floor and a curious kitten is sure to come running. Immediately, They will pounce and try to crawl inside and once they hear the crinkle and feel the crunch of the plastic they become even more intrigued. But beware…as your kitten is playing they can easily become entangled in the handles of the bag. This can either cause them to become wrapped inside the plastic or have the handles tie around their neck causing serious injury, or death, especially if alone and unsupervised.
Kittens love cat tamer toys. As you hold the handle, they will have a lot of fun jumping at whatever is at the end of the the long string. However, once you have finished playing with kitty, it is best to put the toy out of kitty’s view and far out of reach. If not, curious kittens will play with and easily become entangled in the string. The string could become tightly wrapped around their legs and cause damage to their paws or, be fatally injured if the string wraps around their neck.
Hanging cords from window blinds are very attractive to kittens. They find the movement attractive will attract them and they will stretch up to grab them, making it possible to become entangled in the blinds themselves. If the blinds are open and the cords are long, kitty can become easily entangled.
Open Doors and Drawers
Tiny kittens can easily slip unnoticed into small areas and become trapped. Open a door or a drawer and it is possible that kitty will try to slip inside. With a tiny kitten around, never leave any of these areas open and if they are, don’t close them without making sure kitty is not inside. This includes, but not limited to, drawers, closets, clothes dryers, bottom freezers, dishwashers, and kitchen cabinets,
Curling ribbon is very inviting to cats of all ages but it can be very dangerous. Not only does it pose a threat of entanglement, cats and kittens also like to chew on this ribbon. Eating it can be a choking hazard or digestive issue as it can cause a blockage.
Kitten under 6 months of age should not be left unsupervised for long periods of time. Even older cats can easily get into trouble because of their curiosity. Be sure to kitten proof your home and if going away for an extended period of time have a pet sitter check in at least once a day to be sure kitty is happy and safe.