Spring is often the time many of us undertake home remodeling projects. Although we’re looking forward to the new look, remodeling can be stressful for us and our cats. A stressed cat can be a cat with behavior problems, but with some advance planning, you can keep your cat safe and relatively stress free. Check out these five tips to keep your cat safe when remodeling:
- Set up a safe room. Put your cat in a “safe room” as far away from the work zone as possible. Be sure the room has all the essentials: food, water, litter box, toys, bedding and a radio to mask the construction noise as much as possible. Put a sign on the door instructing those in the house that a cat is in the room and to keep the door closed.
- Check out work area at the end of the day. Each evening after workers have finished for the day, check the construction area for any hazardous materials your cat may get into, or escape routes like holes in the wall or open windows.
- Pick up small objects. Even if workmen clean up the area at the end of each workday, it’s easy to miss a nail. Comb the area thoroughly and pick up any small objects like nails, staples or tacks that your cat might swallow.
- Look for poisonous substances. Check for any poisonous substances such as paint or paint thinner your cat may get on his fur. Cats groom frequently and if these substances are on his fur, he will ingest the substance and possibly become very ill.
- Spend time with your cat. Spending as much time as possible petting or playing with your cat will help ease stress for both of you and strengthen your bond.
Even though you take as many precautions as possible, remodeling projects are one of the 10 most common reasons cats begin marking around the house. Cats are very territorial, and the presence of strangers in their domain may lead to urine marking so the cat can show the house is his.