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A house is not a home without a cat; but every home must be cat-proofed. Curious cats go everywhere and can fit into the tiniest of spaces, get to the highest of places and just be where you’d never expect them to be.

To any self-respecting feline, the kitchen counter calls out there name... It’s prominent, it often has delicious-smelling foods available for a taste test, plus it’s often near a window. Often, a well loved human friend may be standing by. However, kitchen counters may also be laden with dangers: many foods that are all right for humans are dangerous to cats; there may be sharp knives on the counter; the counter may be neighboring to the stove—and you don’t want sweet kitty to get into the routine of leaping over to the stove area--even if it is off.

Never leave the stove unintended when it is on.

Do a swift scan of the refrigerator before shutting the door, particularly if your cat has been known to hop inside to explore. Kittens may be harder to spot because of their diminutive size, and more likely to check out the fridge contents due to their high-curiosity level.

A hot iron atop an ironing board cord a-dangling spells likely accident. Ironing boards are scandalously unsteady; all it takes is a minute bump for the iron to fall off and smack innocent kitty. Put irons away in a safe spot other than the ironing board when not in use. Never, never leave hot irons unattended.

Cabinets or drawers can be dangerous for felines largely for two reasons: what’s kept in them, and the possible prospect to be trapped in them. So, after you’ve had a cabinet or drawer open, check them out before closing them. You’d be surprised by how speedily and inaudibly a cat can sneak into an open counter or drawer. This is triply true for kittens and half-grown cats. If you keep anything in a cabinet that might be dangerous for cats, such as cleaning supplies, or items that you don’t especially want to be covered with cat fur, such as pots and pans, clothing, shut cabinet doors and bureau drawers as soon as you’re done using them. For additional safety, use those easy to apply child-proof locks.

Just like cabinets and drawers, closets pose two chief dangers: the contents of the closet and the simplicity with which one can close the closet door with a cat still inside. After taking home dry-cleaning, discard the clear plastic around the clothes before hanging them in the closet. Mothballs can be extremely toxic; safer alternatives include lavender sachets or cedar blocks,

A cat taking it easy by the fireplace is a traditional and calming scene. Always have a sturdy screen around the fireplace. Do not leave kittens unsupervised in a room where there is a fire, even a candle.

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