Your cat can get seriously hurt or maybe even killed around your house. Have
you thought about how to protect your cat from the risks that exist in your
home? This may seem like a strange question since it's not something you would
normally think about. Do not risk your cat's life by having your pet live in
an unsafe environment. Hazards do exist even in the cleanest and safest of
homes for humans to live in. You need to take a close look at your home and
uncover and eliminate the risk areas. It's your duty and responsibility to get
your cat out of danger.
String and Yarn
Take a look at some of the obvious areas where risk is looming. Cats love
to play with yarn and pieces of string. We have all spent a lot of fun time
playing with our cat with that twisting piece of string or yarn. Cats really
enjoy treating the string as prey, stalking the squirmy thing and then pouncing
on it or grabbing it and throwing it airborne. You have to admit how much
enjoyment it is for both the owner and the cat. The bad part is that your cat
at odd times will eat the string or yarn. This is a dangerous situation where
fun can turn into a nightmare for both of you. The string, yarn, piece of rope,
Christmas tinsel or whatever can wind up in your cat's stomach and intestine.
Cats will swallow just about anything that reminds them of prey and the ingested
string very often will lead to a serious stomach problem that sometimes can only
be rectified by surgery.
Wrapping Material and Sewing
Make certain you keep all yarn, sting and any similar type of things well away
from your cat. Don't be foolish and think it will never happen to you and your cat.
If you enjoy knitting or have a sewing hobby, you need to lock up your supplies when
not in use. Keep all this kind of dangerous stuff away from your pet where they can't
get to it. Putting it on the table or on top of a cabinet is not the answer. Package
wrapping material and even shoe strings must be put in a safe place also. Those little
foam pieces used to pack things in shipping boxes are just as dangerous to your pet.
It's too late when you're not at home to help and some of this stuff is swallowed and
your cat chokes.
Look out for things you throw into your trash can both inside and outside of the
house. Cats love to pounce on things especially if there is a food odor coming from
a container within their area. Packaging thrown in the trash can or any type of meat
product that has been discarded will attract your cat. Your pet often times will be
lured into the danger zone if they smell or see something within their grasp. Don't
leave trash containers uncovered because it's an open invitation for your cat to
pounce on and search for the stuff they're after. You need to keep all trash cans
completely sealed and locked if at all possible. Keep your pet away from harm and