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Hazards to kittens in the home

Owning a kitten is very similar to having a toddler around the house. Kittens are very inquisitive and they have a tremendous amount of energy and curiosity. They love to climb into small spaces, jump up onto high shelves and play with new objects and they run, leap and pounce on anything that moves.

This is  instinctive behaviour for kittens and cats and, as such, the average home contains many hazards for kittens. While it’s a good idea to take out a specialist kitten insurance policy in the event of any accidents or mishaps, there are certain hazards you can avoid in your home. Look out for:


Human food can be toxic to kittens and cats, particularly tea, coffee and chocolate. These all contain dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system or urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation.

Grapes and raisins contain a toxin which may damage a kitten’s kidneys.

Uncooked meat, fish, and poultry can contain bacteria and parasites and should be kept out of reach of your kitten.

 Toxic plants

 Remove any plants from your home 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.


Store all medication and household cleaning products in secure – preferably locked – cupboards.

Tobacco products, including nicotine gum and patches, contain substances that can be toxic or fatal to kittens, so keep these in a safe place out of their reach.


Keep your toilet lid closed, as your kitten could fall into the bowl and drown. For this reason, you should also never leave a filled bath or sink unattended.


Hobs, open oven doors and toasters can cause burns. Close the door of your microwave after use and keep your kitchen cupboards closed.

Keep the washing machine and tumble dryer door shut when not in use and check them before putting your clothes in.


If you live in a flat above ground level or have a house on several storeys, keep your windows shut to ensure that your kitten does not fall out.  Also, ensure any blind cords are tied out of the way, as they may cause strangulation.


Keep garden chemicals stored safely and take care if using slug bait or chemicals on the garden itself as some types can be very toxic to animals.

 In general

 Should your kitten go missing for any length of time, you should look in your cupboards, wardrobes and sheds in case it has accidentally been shut in or got stuck.

 Plastic bags or paper bags with string handles may cause your cat or kitten’s head to become stuck.

String holds a fascination for cats, but if swallowed, it can lead to serious complications in the intestines. Keep all thread, wool and string out of the reach of curious cats and kittens.

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