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There are other likely dangerous places for curious cats right there in your home. For instance, if you have young children, make an effort to buy toys that are both cat-safe and baby-or toddler-safe: no miniature removable parts, no strings that are removable or easy to break off, and so on. Be thorough about putting toys away quickly and teach your children to do the same---make a fun game out of it.

If your cat has a propensity to chew wires, cover the wires to defend against shock. You can buy special, inexpensive conduits made for this very purpose in most home improvements stores and many electronics stores as well. Unplug that interesting paper shredder when not using it.

A drier door fully supplied with soft, warm clothes and a wide open door may be an appealing hideout for a cat. Regrettably it’s all too easy for someone to carelessly shut the door and not notice that there’s a kitty inside. Make it a stringent habit to never leave the drier door open. Also before starting the drier, at all times, make sure that no cat or kitten has ventured in while you weren’t looking.

Though cats in general have nothing to do with water, they like to curl up in piles of clothes. Make certain that there are no little kittens in your clothes when you plop them in the washing machine. Don’t depend on a hurried visual inspection; feel around before starting the washer or drier.

The ageless debate has been settled once and for all--keep the lid to the toilet down if you have a kitten... Kittens can fall in the toilet and yes, drown.

All medicines and cleaning formulas must be safe from the nimble-toed paws, claws, and teeth of a curious kitty.

Cats fall off balconies so frequently that the condition has a name-- “high-rise syndrome.” Cats should just plain not be allowed on balconies. It can happen so rapidly too. A cat may leap after a bird or squirrel and go over the railing. Railings offer so little protection; cats can right fall through them or simply slip under them, or can easily jump on top of them.

Shut the door leading to the balcony at all times when not using it. Do not put your cat’s food bowl, scratching posts, or bed near the balcony, and do not play or have fun times with your cat close to the balcony.

Cats do not always land on their feet, and even when they do, the blow from a long fall can be crippling or even fatal.

All windows should have strong, sturdy screens. Repair window screens that have holes. A small number of strategic scratches and your feline could make the hole just wide enough to slip through... His/her soundless escape could occur in the middle of the night and it could be hours before you discover what happened. Replace any flimsy screens with good, sturdy ones.

Curtains and blinds can be tremendously dangerous if they have looped cords. Cats, especially kittens, can hang themselves on the loop at the end of the cord. Chop off all looped cords or swap them with cords that do not have looped handles.

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