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The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.
As most of you know, mommy volunteered with rescue groups fur many years. Her specialty was “bottle babies”, kittens with no mother. She could always count on kitten season to fill up her house and every other rescue and shelter. Kitten season rolls around every year without fail because there are still so many cats that don’t get spayed or neutered. In our part of the world, kitten season runs from April to about August.
Spring and Summer temperatures are ideal for causing females to go into heat and start seeking to mate. Because of this, June has become known as Adopt a Cat month. However, kitten or adult, all cats are extremely adventurous and curious. Taking this and some of the emails we’ve gotten lately into consideration, we’ve decided to run a a small miniseries on prepping for and adopting a new kitty. Today, we’re going to talk about Kitten/Cat proofing your home.
You might be thinking we should start with picking your new family member, however, we believe the process starts here with prepping your home before the new addition arrives; just as you would for a human baby. Regardless of the age you plan to adopt, you’ll need to take some steps to make sure your home is safe to bring a new kitty in to.
Now this may sound funny to you, but kitty will spend a lot of time on the floor. You may not need to actually get on your knees but you do need to see your home through kitty’s eyes. All the cords running from your television, computer, lamps, clocks and whatever else are just large stationary strings/vines to kitty. They are also a nice chew toy. Think Tarzan swinging from vine (cord) to vine (cord). Mommy’s found the best deterrent is to wrap those cords in electrical tape. Cords hanging off the edge of desks or tables can be wrapped in those cord protectors. If you need a cheap DIY cord protector, you can use an old long sleeve shirt or lightweight pants legs. Just cut the sleeves or legs off and put the cords thru it. Depending on the length of the cord(s) and your arms/legs, you may need more than one sleeve.
Check your shelves for knick knacks. If there’s something you’d be heartbroken to lose, put it away. Don’t blame a rambunctious kitty when it gets broken. Move candles, potpourri, oil burners, dangerous/toxic houseplants, photos and photo albums, and books to higher shelves or put them in storage. Better yet, throw the potpourri out, it harbors dust mites and is toxic to kitty at any age.
Kitchen & Dining Room:
Let’s take a look at the kitchen and dining room, why don’t we?. What dangers could be in such a pawsome place you ask? Well, mommy keeps the bug sprays and some of the cleaners under the kitchen cabinet, do you? Us kitties are very smart and we’re tenacious. If we want in some where, we’ll work at it until we find a way. Make sure kitty can’t get into the cabinet with cleaners, chemicals and/or poisons. Commercial child proof locks work well for kitty too.
Burner covers for the stove top come in very handy and can be purchased for as low as $1.00. Never leave hot burners unattended until you know for sure how kitty will act around them. Better yet, train kitty to stay off the stove and kitchen counters altogether. Check out our Training Tips to stop Countersurfing kitty here. Throw out the plastic fruits and fruit bowls of yesteryear and make sure any fruits left out are safe for kitty to eat. Don’t leave tempting food on the counters uncovered. At least not until kitty has successfully passed the No Countersurfing course. MOL
NEVER, leave the oven door open, especially when turned on. Kitty’s desire for warmth and natural curiosity combined with a hot oven can make for a deadly combination. Never leave the refrigerator or freezer doors open. More than once Raena’s tried to hop into the fridge for a look see. That girl does love her cheese. If you have one of those automatic dishwashers, keep the door closed and/or keep an eye on kitty while you load and unload. Anyways, me thinks you’re getting the idea here, open doors are rarely a kitty’s friend.
Never underestimate a determined kitty.
Well, me’s gonna wrap it up fur today. As me meowed earlier, this will be a little miniseries, so we’ll be back next week with more Kitten/Cat Proofing ideas fur ya’. Don’t furget you can ketch up on any posty you may have missed by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything feline page from the menu above. And purrlease, leave your questions, comments and topic suggestions in the comments section below or send us an email via our Contact page. Remember when askin’ behavioral questions to purrlease be as specific as pawssible and include any examples you think are necessary. Now, let’s get some kitties adopted!!! OMC Me totally furgot to link up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday, so we had to come back and edit me’s posty. Now, let’s get some kitties adopted. 🙂
Till the next time……………………………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. (Raena sees something out of the corner of her eye) MeOW Sissy!!! Did you see that?!!! What was that? Where’d it go? (Raena runs and jumps on the scratcher in front of the t.v. where a fly zooms past her) Where’d you go little fly? Come back here! I’s RaenaBelle, Queen of mine’s domain and the mighty huntress. I’s put fear in all those who cross mine’s path. I’s the scourge of the insect world.
Scourge…Hmmpht You got that right. MOL Raena, you better be careful or you’re gonna hurt yourself. What would it look like ifin the mighty huntress, queen of her domain was done in by a little fly?
(Raena jumps off the scratcher and back on again and again pawing at the fly. She runs to the door perch, the kitchen and back to the scratcher chasing the fly.) Come here fly, I’s gonna get ya’. Once I’s got your scent I’s don’t stop fur nuffin’. You’s might as well give up now. (Looking over at Dezi, Raena meows) I’s not gonna get hurt sissy. I’s the greatest huntress ever. I’s learned everythin’ I’s know ‘bout huntin’ from mine’s lion furiends in the tv box when I’s was just a baby kitten. ‘Member sissy? I’s helped them hunt a buffalo, and a zebra, and even a giraffe.
Come ‘ere fly, just a little closer…
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Raena. Me ‘members you sittin’ in front of the tv blockin’ everypawdy’s view. The lions did all the huntin’ and the killin’.,,And all the eatin’ too ifin me recalls. MOL You just chattered on pawin’ at the tv. (The fly zooms past Raena who jumps down and follows it up the liberty cat tree where she loses it for a minute. The she sees it twirling around the ceiling fan and she leans forward looking as tho’ she’s going to leap onto the fan blades) RaenaBelle!!! Don’t you dare jump on the ceiling fan from there. You’ll fall and hurt yourself and mommy’ll have a literal heart attack. Ifin you got all cut up and broken mommy would never furgive you. Besides she hasn’t ordered any of that fauna-care first aid spray.
I’s not gonna get hurt sissy. I’s indestructable, like that superman. Yeah, I’s RaenaBelle the SuperCat. I’s need a cape to go with mine’s crown. I’s never gonna stop till I’s ketch that fly. And, I’s not gonna get hurt. Mommy’ll make sure that never happens. You know she’s always sayin’ how she’d never let anyone or anythin’ hurt us no matter what. So see? I’s purrfectly safe.
But Raena, mommy can’t do anythin’ to save ya’ ifin you do somethin’ stupid.
That’s not nice sissy. You’s better take it back or I’s gonna tell mommy that you called me stupid.
Me didn’t call you stupid Raena, but it’s beginnin’ to sound like you might be.
Now, where’d that fly go? Come here mine’s purretty, I’s gonna get..Oooooh dinner. Well fly, it’s been fun playin’, but I’s gotta go eat dinner.
Hmmmpht The great huntress that doesn’t stop fur nuffin’ huh? Hey, wait fur me, me’s hungry too.
Stay in your own plate sissy. Ya’ know, I’s sure glad I’s don‘t have to hunt fur mine’s own food. That’s a lot of work. Fanky fankfully we’ve got a mommy that fixes our meals fur us. There are so many kitties out there that don’t have a mommy like we do. I’s so wish they all had their own furever homes full of luvs.
Yeah Raena, me too. Ya’ know, June is Adopt a Shelter Kitty month. Me sure hopes lots of kitties find their furevers. In the meantime, me can’t wait to see which shelter our furiends choose to receive their Cat Amazing Shelter kit. Don’t furget to visit our Blest Sunday posty to nominate your favorite U.S. shelter or rescue and enter to win a Cat Amazing fur yourself.
Let’s go eat sissy.
Till the next time…………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses