Curiosity can literally kill the cat, which does not take much effort on the cat’s part. But in order to prevent tragedy from striking, cat owners can do their part to protect cats from common kitchen hazards and dangers.
Small objects such as rubber bands, glue, hair pins, nails and thumb tacks do not belong in clear sight in the kitchen, but all too often, they are left lying on top of counters, by the fridge and in other common, easy to reach locations where cats can find them. Find a safe, secure location for small objects out of reach of cats, so that they do not ingest small objects, by placing these items in drawers, boxes or compartments. Small objects might look harmless, but they can choke or poison cats.
Just as cooking can present dangerous hazards for small children who are not supervised in the kitchen, the same can also be said for cats. Never leave a boiling pan of water unattended, even for just a moment, as you answer the doorbell or the telephone. A boiling pan of water can pique a cat’s interest and before you know what has happened, the cat can jump up, dip its paw into the pan and end up scalding itself. Try to encourage cats to stay out of the kitchen. If you have a closed floor plan home, simply shut the door and keep an eye on food as it is cooking. But with an open floor plan home, you will need to stay within sight of food as it cooks and ensure that cats are nowhere near the cooker.
Some cat owners prefer to keep their washing machines and tumble dryers in the kitchen rather in a utility room. This is fine as long as they remember to keep the doors closed. Always check the washing machine and tumble dryer before you start a new load and during the transfer of laundry from the washing machine into the tumble dryer. Cats can easily sneak into a pile of laundry while their cat owner’s backs are turned and end up inside the washing machine or tumble dryer, which can cause serious injury and even death.
Kitchens present a range of dangers and hazards to cats, especially kittens, such as the danger of choking or poisoning if they ingest small objects. Cat owners should never leave a pan of boiling water unattended in case their cats’ curiosity gets the better of them and they end up getting scalded. In addition to this, cat owners should also thoroughly check inside their washing machine and tumble dryer to make sure that kitty has not climbed inside. These precautions can help to protect cats from common kitchen hazards and dangers.