Foster cats come from a shelter environment, and even if they have previously lived in a home, we don’t always know how they will react in a new home. So, before bringing home a new foster cat, you’ll want to survey the area where you are going to keep the cat. Remove anything that would be unsafe or undesirable for the cat to chew on and latch securely any cupboards that the foster cat could get into. Cats like to climb up on shelves or bookcases, so you’ll want to remove anything that can be knocked down. People food and chemicals can be very harmful if consumed by cats, so please store them in a place that the foster cat cannot access. Never underestimate your fostercat’s abilities. Here are some additional tips for cat-proofing your home:
Make sure that all trash cans are covered or latched and keep them inside a closet. (Don’t forget the bathroom trash bins.)
Keep the toilet lids closed. Keep both people and pet food out of reach and off all counter tops.
Move house plants out of reach. Many house plants are toxic to cats and they like to chew on them. See toxic plants. Make sure aquariums or cages that house small animals, like hamsters or fish, are securely out of reach of your foster cat. Remove Medications, lotions or cosmetics from any accessible surfaces.
Move and secure all electrical and phone wires out of reach. Cats may chew on or get tangled in them. Pick up any clothing items that have buttons or strings, which can be harmful to your foster cat if consumed. Relocate knickknacks or valuables that your foster cat could knock down.