In this article, we will be exploring what to look out for when you go to cat proof your home.

If you are considering getting a kitten or an adult cat, it is important to take time to consider how to cat proof your home. This will help you minimize accidents for your new pet and will also help you keep your things secure. You’re familiar with the proverb that says “curiosity killed the cat”? The proverb is not entirely without some reality, and the most egregious offenders are, without a doubt, kittens.

When contemplating potential threats to your feline companion, it is advisable to adopt a “cat level” perspective. Just keep in mind that they are little, nimble, and possess very sensitive noses, which means that they will inspect every region of the house, including the highest and lowest points.

Drapery, blind, and electrical wires

Your cat will assume these are toys to play with. Unfortunately, on occasion, cats become entangled in the cords and panic. We’ve seen cats get caught up and injure their limbs or even strangle themselves. Electrical wires appear to be especially appealing to cats and kittens who are at risk of electrocution. Try to hide all cords under rugs or behind furniture.

Windows and balconies.

Cats are normally quite athletic and nimble, yet they can still suffer mishaps, such as falling from windows or balconies. Cats are quite good at landing on their feet, but if they fall from a high height, they typically land with a “5-point” touchdown – four legs and a chin – which leads to jaw (mandible) fractures. Other injuries include fractures of the limb, spine, and ribs, as well as bruises and internal damage.


A cat chewing on your houseplants is bothersome for you, but it can be hazardous or even fatal to your cat. The list of potentially dangerous plants contains:

Autumn crocus
English Ivy
Azalea with Rhododendron
Peace lily

Of these, lily poisoning is the most common and can lead to renal failure.

Household cleansers and chemicals

Cleaning fluids, antifreeze, and other chemicals are all possible hazards for your cat. Pine-based cleansers and those containing phenol are very hazardous to cats, causing severe liver damage. These are not to be used on food dishes, pet spaces, sleeping quarters, or litter boxes. Antifreeze is made up of ethylene glycol. Unfortunately, it smells and tastes delicious, so cats will drink it. The toxic dose is extremely small, and just a few drops of ethylene glycol in a puddle can cause major kidney damage and even death. The longer the time between ingesting antifreeze and starting therapy, the worse the prognosis. Make sure all chemicals are safely locked away.