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Cat PlaypenGetting Started - Kitten proofing

Curiosity can kill the cat if you haven't kitten proofed your home. Be on the safe side, and avoid costly veterinary surgeries and other life-saving treatments.

ü       Keep windows and doors closed and screens secured. Kittens love to dash out open doors. Window screens may fall out with a rambunctious kitten bouncing off it in wild play.
ü       Put away yarn or string after play to be sure your kitten doesn't eat it.
ü       Keep sharp objects such as sewing needles and pins off the floor.
ü       Keep household cleaners and antifreeze out of reach.
ü       Remove houseplants - many are poisonous. Besides that, potting soil may be more attractive than the litterbox.
ü       Keep dryer door and toilet seats closed. Curious kittens can bake in a dryer and drown in a toilet.
ü       Watch out for a hidden kitten under the rocking chair and recliner.

Kitten Development: Early Socialization 3 to 8 weeks old

  • Object play begins and increases

Late Socialization: 9 to 16 weeks old[1]

  • Vigorous exploration of the environment and climbing.

[1] AAFP. (2004). Feline Behavior Guidelines. Pg. 10

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