Kitten Proofing Your Home
Just like human toddlers, young kittens are curious. They can get into all kinds of trouble
and they will put everything into their mouths.
It is very important that as a new owner of a Maine Coon kitten,
you meticulously prepare your home to be the safest environment possible.
Spending the time and effort to thoroughly examine your home and correct any hazards before
you bring your new kitten home, will save you from the heartache of an injured kitten.
Be sure your kitten cannot get behind bookcases, appliances or furniture that you cannot access.
Other Things To Watch For
Not all cat toys are safe. For example, the eyes on "fur mice" have a sharp prong on the backside. This attaches it to the mouse. They can easily be pulled out & when swallowed will perforate a kittens stomach. Remove eyes & noses etc... along with any strings, legs (often made from wire) or tails attached to the toys.
Cat toys made of Mylar, string, ribbon or yarn are designed to be interactive toys only. Such long objects if ingested, tend to travel lengthwise along the intestines. They can cause the intestine to scrunch up accordion style, even turning in on itself like a sock. This is a life threatening medical condition that requires immediate surgery to correct. Put these toys in a cupboard when you are done playing with your cat.
Sitting or stepping on a kitten--
to warn visitors to be watchful!
They tend to
silently lie nearby their owners
Sleeping with a kitten and rolling
Kittens tend either run ahead of or follow their owners
Shutting a door or cupboard on a kitten--
Kittens are always curious and watching what their owners are doing.
Cellophane from cigarette packs--
When swallowed stomach acid changes these wrappers into a glass-like substance. The same thing will happen with Christmas tinsel.
Teach children respect for animals--
No rough handling. Do not use your hands as a cat toy.
Securely cover heating & cooling vents with a grate
Check areas where your vacuum doesn't fit for dangerous items
Leaving your new kitten unattended with other pets or young children
Watch carefully for the safety of your new family member!