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Is your house cat-proofed?

Sunday July 31st, 2011

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Your new cat or kitten's homecoming experience can set the tone for how well, or poorly, she adjusts to her new surroundings. Taking the time to cat-proof your home will help ensure a low-stress, crisis-free transition.

Supplies you'll need

  • Cat carrier - for kitty's journey to her new home and upcoming vet visits
  • Cat collar & ID tag - if there is a chance that your kitten will spend anytime outside (even if unintentionally)
  • Litter box, kitty litter & litter scoop
  • Nutritious cat food
  • Water & food bowls
  • Scratching post
  • Cat toys
  • Cat bed

Things to do

  • Schedule a vet appointment to have your kitten examined and microchipped as soon as possible
  • Set-up your cat supplies in a quiet room that is closed off and away from other pets. This will give your cat a few days to acclimate to her new environment before exploring the rest of her domain.
  • Remove any toxic houseplants
  • Tie-up and secure electrical cords, curtain cords and blind cords
  • Remove items that are small enough for the kitten to swallow, including ribbon, string and goldfish!
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