Is Your Home Really Safe For You Cat
by chandra mathis
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Home is a place where we can relax and spend time with our family and pets. We spend thousands of dollars making our home into a place that is safe
and comfortable for us and our children , but what about our pets?
I would like to address the safety of our cats
in particular. Over the years I have grown more
founder of these furry creatures and have grown to love my two cats very much.
I am sure there are thousands of you out there who feel the same way about your precious kitties.
I would like to point out some not so obvious things that we tend to overlook.These minor things can be deadly to your cat.
Do you have blinds hanging in your windows? If so take a step back and look at the long cord hanging from them. You will notice that the cords are pretty long. They are also tempting to your cats.
Our cats like to jump and grab hold of them in attempt to pull them down. Cats are curious creatures and when they see things such as this hanging in front of them they are going to explore.
I realize a simple cord to your window blinds may seem so innocent, but let me share this horror story about a friend of mine who learned the hard way that these things are a death trap.
She came home from work one day and her cat did not greet her. Her cat was no where to be found. Then she heard a muffled noise and looked up at the window. Her cat was hanging by it's neck and was nearly dead. Fortunately she arrived just in time . Her cat survived. I wonder how many cats were not so fortunate? We can make these safe by replacing them with regular curtians or simply cutting the cords to a shorter length.
Now let me talk about the type of collar that your cat wears. If your cat is not wearing a safety collar, may I suggest that you remove it right away. I read a story about a family who had a cat and dog. The two animals were playing and the cat's collar somehow got hung up in the dog's collar.The cat choked to death before it's owner could get it loose.
Cats love to climb too. They can easily loose their balance and fall only to hang themselves by their collars. It becomes an instant hangman's noose. The break away safety collars are found at
any pet store. They are inexpensive as well.
Last, I will point out the use of household cleaners.
One of my cats loves to lick the bathtub when it's wet. How many of you can identify with this?
If you notice your cat doing this, keep it in mind when you clean your tub. Especially when you leave something like comic cleanser in your tub
while trying to remove stains. Just remember to close your bathroom door until you are ready to wash it out. Make sure you rinse it throughly.
That goes for any cleaner that you may use .
Don't forget about leaving cleaners standing in your toilet bowel water. It would be wise to get rid of all your automatic toilet bowel cleaners
when you have cats living in your home.
If you think your cat will not drink bleach, think again. one of my cats likes it. I found this out while cleaning my counter tops one day.
Asa jumped on the counter and began to lick the bleach. I was fortunate he didn't get enough to hurt him. Household cleaners can kill. They can cause our cat to go into sudden heart failure, kidney failure, and sudden respiratory arrest.
We may never imagine what our kitties are doing
while we are away at work. Of course we think our homes are the safest places in the world for our little darlings.
We must become pet smart and try to see things through their eyes. By taking a few safety percautions we can make sure that we will have a long and happy life with the ones we hold so dear.
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