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Kittenproofing 101

November 1, 2023

Are you considering adopting a kitten? Congratulations! There are few things more likely to bring joy into your life than a new kitten. Of course, little Fluffy is just as mischievous as she is cute. You’ll need to take a few precautions to keep your pint-sized pal out of trouble. A local Louisville, KY vet offers some kittenproofing advice in this article.

Small Items

Little Fluffy will want to figure out exactly what she can and can’t eat, play with, or pounce on. Anything small or sharp is a potential choking hazard. That list includes pen caps, jewelry

pieces, or beads, buttons, craft kit pieces, and all other small or sharp pieces.


Kitties often can’t resist things with dangling cords or wires. Not only are these serious choking and entanglement risks, they’re also extremely dangerous if ingested. Put string toys away after each use. You may also want to address things like drape cords and wires. Treat the things you can’t move out of the way with taste deterrent. 

Toxic Substances

Poisonings are one of the most common sources of emergency medical calls for pets. Keep anything that could be poisonous out of paws’ reach. That includes medications; household cleaning agents; lawn and garden chemicals, such as pesticides and fungicides; automotive products, such as antifreeze; and detergents. Toxic plants are another concern. Check the ASPCA site here for a list of safe and unsafe plants.


Plastic bags and wrappers pose a very serious choking risk to cats. Unfortunately, many kitties like the taste or texture. Keep these stored away, and always cut the plastic rings that hold beverages together. 


Keep large appliances, such as washers and dryers, shut when not in use. Even an open toilet can be deadly for a miniature furball. When you are using them, keep a close eye on your tiny feline. You don’t want little Fluffy hopping into the dryer when your back is turned! 


Another big part of keeping little Fluffy safe? Keeping a close eye on her whereabouts. Kittens often get into trouble because they can be concealed in tiny spots. The areas around and beneath recliners are a big concern here. Your feline buddy will keep you on your toes over the next few months. Don’t worry, though: that charming toddler stage will be over before you know it. Ask your vet for more kitten care tips. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Louisville, KY pet clinic, we’re here to help!