When you have decided to move ahead with the adoption process, it's time to prepare your home for kitty's arrival. You will need: A litter box for each cat
Collar and ID tags
If you already have a cat and will be introducing a new one to your household, be sure you have a room to put your new cat in. You will need to separate the cats for about a week to ensure no illnesses are passed between them and to give them time to get to know each other.
Keeping Your New Friend Safe
Once home, it's important to protect your kitten or cat in her new environment and to safeguard your belongings.
In the kitchen and bathroom:
Use childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets. Place medications, cleaners, chemicals and laundry supplies on high shelves.
Keep trash cans covered or inside a latched cabinet.
Check for and block any small spaces, nooks or holes inside cabinetry or behind washer/dryer units where kitty may want to hide.
Make sure she hasn't jumped into the dryer before you turn it on.
Keep foods out of reach. Even if the food isn't harmful, the wrapper could be.
Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals.
In the living or family room:
Place dangling wires from lamps, VCRs, televisions, stereos and phones out of reach.
Put away children's toys and games.
Put away knick-knacks until kitty has the coordination not to knock them over.
Check for dangerous items like string in all places where your vacuum cleaner doesn't fit but your kitten does.
Move common houseplants, which can be poisonous, out of reach. Don't forget hanging plants that your cat can jump onto from nearby surfaces.
Make sure all heating or air vents have a cover.
Put away all sewing and craft notions, especially thread.
In the garage:
Move all chemicals to high shelves or behind secure doors.
Clean up antifreeze from the floor and driveway, as one taste can be lethal to all animals.
Bang on your car hood to ensure that your kitten (or any neighborhood cat) has not hidden in the engine for warmth.
Keep all sharp objects and tools out of reach.
Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors. Drawstrings and buttons can cause major problems if swallowed.
Keep any medications, lotions or cosmetics off accessible surfaces (like the bedside table).
Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing.
Be careful that you don't close your kitten in closets or dresser drawers.
Look out for paws, noses and tails when you shut doors behind you or scoot chairs.
Adding a cat to your life is not only enriching, but also entertaining. Consider adopting a cat in the month of June and welcome a furry, feisty friend into your family.
About American Humane
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