Although by now your house should be kitten proof it’s always worth remembering that our homes are full of dangers for adventurous kittens. Remember to be mindful of things like tilted windows, open loos and hot plates. Even simple items such as carrier bags and sewing accessories can pose a risk, especially for a kitten that’s still young and inexperienced.
Once your kitten starts to venture outside though you'll have to put your trust in her natural survival instinct, as you won't be able to protect her completely from the risks of climbing tall trees, or the attentions of other cats who may decide she deserves a good scratch or biting. She shouldn’t get into too many scuffles, but it's useful to keep your vet's number to hand and to call it straight away if you think she’s been in the wars.
Accidents do happen
However careful you are, accidents can always happen. So it's best to be prepared:
• If she’s swallowed something or if she has large wounds, bruises or burns, keep her calm with soothing words and gentle strokes, and take her to the vet straight away.
• If she's bleeding, press on the wound with a clean cloth. Try to keep her calm and still so that her heart rate stays as normal as possible.
• If she's been burned or scalded, take her to the sink and soothe her with plenty of cold water.
We’d always recommend that the vet should be your first thought after any serious injury, but some love and affection is often all she’s after.