Below is a list of steps to take in Cat-Proofing your home:
I hope this has been of help to you. Be sure to check out Newborn Kitten Care and Feeding Kittens for the basics on care. Keep me posted. Simba
Protecting a Kitten From Fireplace
My overly curious and busy 6-month-old tortoise kitten Mocha has a deep fascination for our fireplace.
One would think she learned a lesson, but she is still trying to get as close to the fireplace as possible. I have tried hand clapping, rattling paper in her face (which she hates), water, NO, time outs to the bedroom and have even resorted to a spanking, but nothing seems to deter her. Short of telling us never to use the fireplace, do you have any ideas? Kendall
A daredevil kitten! It might not be a bad idea to get a Scat Mat. These are place mat-like things you place in areas where you do not want kitty to approach. They give off an unpleasant sensation when stepped on. Placing one in front of the fireplace might do the trick. Regards to Mocha, Simba
Mice, Traps & Poison Danger for Kittens
I am thinking about adopting a 7 week old kitten. My concern is that I have is that I discovered mice in my apartment. I first tried poison, but the mice did not go away. I am now using traps.
Is this a dangerous environment for a kitten? Will she scare them off? Should I be worried about the mice carrying poison in their system, especially if the kitten catches one? Jennifer
You ask the right questions. A home with live traps and poison residue is not a safe place for a playful and curious kitten. In addition to the risk of injury or poisoning, rodents are known to carry fleas and diseases that can affect your kitten's health. It may be a good idea to 'purify' the environment prior to your brining home your little bundle of joy.
Prior to bringing in your friend do the following:
Accidents at Home with Cats
I use to have a beautiful gray and white kitten named Whisper. I called her that because she was so quiet and you never knew where she would end up. Well, in 1999 when she was all but 6 months old, She crawled into my dryer while I was washing up my large curtains. I did not notice and turned it on. About 10 minutes later, my son asked me what was banging in the dryer. I told him it that was probably the curtain all bunched up. I pulled the curtain out and there was my precious Whisper. She died of a broken neck. Please let everyone out there know, cats love dryers because they are warm. do not leave them open and always check before you put any clothes in there. Especially if you have kittens. Because I did not, My Whisper died. I loved her a lot. Karen
Thank you for the story, my heart goes out to you. Readers, be careful and take note. Simba
My 2 month-old kitten was under a chair and someone sat down and he was squashed. Afterwards we took him out and he was breathing VERY fast and there was blood on his paw and we do not know where it came from. My dad took him to an emergency vet. He seemed very much in pain and looked like he was dying. I do not know what to do and I am in despair. Please tell me what you think. KS
How awful! I certainly hope that your vet was able to help him. Give your little friend all the love an support you can. The Death of a Friend section may be of some comfort to you should your kitten not make it. Please keep me posted. Simba
My kitten did not make it. He was suffering too badly so I decided to have him be put down. The vet thought it would be the best thing. He had massive head injuries, his jaw was broken and he had internal bleeding. I loved him very much. Thank you very, very much, Kiri Smith----sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you. Simba