!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd1f490f970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd1f490f970b-320wi|alt=CAT AND ALEX|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=CAT AND ALEX|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd1f490f970b img-responsive!My husband and I adopted a kitten last weekend. We’ve named her Savannah. Actually, I named her Savannah and my husband agreed to go along with it.
I now know why people say that kittens get into everything. Savannah has turned our home into her personal roadside carnival. She uses our laps as a bouncy house, the underside of the armoire as her haunted mansion, the top of the decorative gate that separates our kitchen from the sunken living room is the high wire for practicing her trapeze artistry, and the coffee table is her drop tower.
When she grows tired of all of that, she lands in my husband’s sock drawer, nestling among either athletic or dress–she has no preference–and follows us with her eyes, daring us to make her move.
That’s why my husband and I spent the weekend “cat-proofing” our home. Besides tucking away cords !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511cecace970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511cecace970c-320wi|alt=CAT AND VELCRO|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=CAT AND VELCRO|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511cecace970c img-responsive! and items that dangle, we’ve put away all of the traditional candles and are adamant about keeping her away from the stove and kitchen countertops.
NFPA’s safety information includes a cooking safety tip sheet that reminds us to keep a “kid-free” zone of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. The rule also applies to pets. The candle safety tip sheet also has important suggestions that can be applied to our domesticated companions.
Savannah is only eight weeks old. We expect her to be a daredevil for quite some time. And we’ll continue to do our best to keep her–and ourselves–safe.
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