Over the past month, I’ve had a barking time pawing about cat adoption! I enjoyed learning about considerations you should take before adopting a kitty or cat. WOOF! I recommend you read my previous articles at http://www.fromthedogspaw.com/p/published-articles.html.
Cat adoption is an important topic to me as my human mom loves cats. She’s had four of them in her lifetime. I’ve had the pleasure of having one of those as my cat brother. Barks, I want to share with you some important items to help you prepare your home for a cat! When you finish reading this article, please share it with your dog and vice versa. WOOF!
In my observation, cats have pawsome acrobatic skills which often can cause them to end up in dangerous situations! MEOW! And WOOF!! This is something you want to prevent from happening!
In the bathroom, remember to close the commode lids so cat doesn’t fall in. WOOF! Now, if you are a dog, you MUST resist the temptation – however strong it may be – to sneak up behind your new cat brother or sister and scare them so they fall in the commode – not good! That’s not a good boy. Humans, especially the guys, keep the commode lids closed so the cat will not be tempted to balance on it, pawsibly falling in.
The bathtub is a dangerous place too. Kittens can get in there and not be able to get out since they are slippery. Leave the stopper out of the drain so if the kitten turns the water on it will drain. Now, dogs, once again, do not turn the water on for the cat in the tub; I know you are just trying to give it a drink or bath but this is not being a “good boy.”
Keeping the doors to all bathrooms in your home is the easiest and safest way to cat-proof these areas.
Take a look around your home for any cracked or broken windows and any torn screens and repair them. Unrepaired screens can become a pawcellent way for a cat to escape. Be sure to repair any loose fasteners too so little paws cannot open them. Uh dogs. No. Don’t. Go. There.
WOOF! Er, uh, HISS! Look around the house for loose cords to computers, televisions, home entertainment systems, lamps, hanging curtains, shades, and the like. Electrical cords can be irresistible objects to chew or wrestle! Kittens love to explore and can’t resist playing with cords! Meow! Some of the items could fall causing serious harm. Dogs, behave your selves! Don’t try to twist cords around the new cat or persuading it to touch electrical outlets.
Do you have rocking chairs, adjustable sofas, recliners or exercise equipment with moveable parts? These can be dangerous as kittens will venture into areas which they can explore and even climb into mechanical moving parts. And, dogs, no jumping on rocking chairs trying to play “GOTCHA” with the cat’s tail. Not a good boy.
Be sure to check clothes dryers before using them as cats enjoy napping in enclosed places. Be sure to check any drawers before closing them. Dogs, this is barkingly important. You are NOT to turn the dryer or washer on spin cycle if you find the cat inside the appliance. Be a good dog!
Next week, I will share more tips to cat-proof your home and teach your dog to behave. WOOF!!
Looking to adopt? My friend “Cat Lady” from PetConnect Rescue brought by one cool dude for you to meet this week!
Pierre says, “Bonjour!” He is one cool-looking dude. Note his handsome goatee! He is a very sweet, kind, gentle and quiet kitty. He enjoys cuddling with his humans. He does well with other cats and the dog in his foster home. He loves snuggling too! He is pawsitively fun, loves playing and chasing his wand toy. Pierre also has gentlemanly litterbox manners!
Moews and barks! We love cats so NO CATS were harmed in writing this article. For I cannot touch a hair on a cat without Mom being unhappy with me. Unhappy Mom, unhappy me! Unhappy Dad!
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