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Hazards to kittens in the home

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Owning a kitten is very similar to having a toddler around.  Kittens are very inquisitive and will investigate small places which they can crawl into.  Keep the washing machine and tumble dryer door shut when not in use and check them before putting the clothes in.  For this reason, should your kitten go missing for any length of time, you should look in cupboards, wardrobes, outside sheds etc in case it has accidentally been shut in or got stuck.

Remove any plants which may be poisonous, including Dieffenbachia (dumb cane), Poinsettia, Lily of the Valley, Christmas Cherry, Castor Oil plant, Avocado plant, Rubber plant and Ivy.  Most cats will not touch such plants but kittens may be more inquisitive.  If you live in a flat above ground level or have a house with several storeys keep the windows shut to ensure that kittens do not fall out.  Outdoors keep garden chemicals stored safely and take care if using slug bait or chemicals on the garden itself – some types can be very toxic to animals.

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