Kittenproofing 101

Has a baby cat just joined your household? Congratulations! We probably don’t have to tell you that kittens are undoubtedly one of the cutest things on the planet. They’re also one of the most mischievous! Little Fluffy will be very curious to figure out how all of her claws and teeth work, and will also want to explore every nook and cranny of her new kingdom. In order to keep your tiny little furball safe, you’ll need to do some kittenpoofing. A Portage, MI offers some tips on how to do that below.


Kittens love to play with and nibble on greenery. Make sure your home only contains safe plants. You can find a complete list at the ASPCA website. Keep in mind that even nontoxic plants can be dangerous if they are placed in a way so that little Fluffy could pull it over onto herself.

Small Objects

Cats are hunters by nature. Little Fluffy will instinctively want to practice her skills by attacking and pouncing on anything that looks like it might be a toy. Small items and/or sharp items are particularly dangerous, because they can easily choke or injure playful pets. Keep beads, buttons, pen caps, jewelry, tacks, screws, and other small or sharp items out of reach of those cute little paws.

Kitten-Sized Holes

Although your furry friend will grow up quickly, while she is still little, she’ll be able to fit into some very tiny holes. Seal off openings behind and beneath your furniture and cupboards, and make sure that your vents and screens close securely.


Many common household items, such as cleaning agents, automotive products, pesticides, fertilizer, and paints, are poisonous to our feline pals. Store these things in secure cabinets little Fluffy can’t reach.


Plastic grocery bags can be very dangerous to your tiny feline! Plastic wrappers are also hazardous. Also, be sure to cut the rings that hold beverage packs together.


Human medication can be extremely poisonous to cats! Keep your medicine in a secure, kittyproof spot.

Ropes and Cords

Kittens often can’t resist batting at strings or ropes. However, ropes, wires, and cords are definitely not safe for your baby furball to play with!

Is your kitten ready for microchipping, an exam, or spay/neuter surgery? Contact us, your Portage, MI pet clinic, today! We love watching baby cats grow into happy, healthy adult kitties!

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