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Protect Your Kitty: Classic Kitten Dangers

Reviewed by Peter Kintzer DVM, DACVIM on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Posted August 19, 2013 in Cat Checkups & Preventive Care

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a mobile, board-certified surgeon in Allentown, PA. Find him online at He is the co-author of “Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound” (

Katie Kegerise, a Certified Veterinary Technician in Reading, PA, contributed to this article.

Part of our love for kittens is explained by their gigantic blue eyes, their playfulness and their innocence. Unfortunately, it is precisely because they are playful and innocent that they can get is serious trouble if you are not aware of the following 10 classic dangers.

1. Attack of the Recliner
Kittens love to explore and they sometimes hide in small dark places. However, when they hide inside your favorite recliner, you can imagine the consequences when sharp metal parts start moving around. 

2. Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Little kitty feet and tails are very delicate. They sometimes find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time if you're not careful. A misplaced step, a tilt of your rocking chair, or a quickly closed door can result in major injuries.

3. Housemate Woes
Unfortunately, it's impossible to tell how your current critter(s) will react to a newcomer. Kittens can face harm from your dog or your cat if their presence is suddenly unwelcome. Risks include not allowing the youngster to eat, fights and bites. 

4. Tight Fit
For little fur-balls, getting into a small space is sometimes a lot easier than getting out. Radiators, couches and other furniture, as well as very tiny openings present opportunities for your little one to get stuck. Rumor has it that they could even get stuck in the opening of the disposal in your kitchen sink if you leave tasty food in there (think fishy leftovers). It can be very tricky to get them back out.

5. Tall Places
Kittens come preprogrammed with the ability to climb… but not the knowledge of how to get back down. Just ask your friendly fireman if they’ve ever had to rescue a cat from the top of a tree.  Curtains, book shelves, TV entertainment centers, china cabinets, refrigerators all seem to attract curious kittens. Tall perches are a fun place for kitties to get a good view of their environment, but pose a serious threat when it comes to jumping down.

6. Outdoor Predators 
Even if you live in a suburban or city setting, predators such as foxes, coyotes, hawks, eagles and

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and author. His traveling practice takes him all over Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. You can visit his website at, and follow him at