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10 Steps To Prepare Your Home For A Kitten

10 Steps To Prepare Your Home For A Kitten

Bringing home a new, furry addition to your family is a fun time, but there are also many responsibilities that go along with owning a kitten. You have a very tiny life in your hands, and there are many dangers to small kittens in just about any home. So, we have compiled the following list of tips that you can use to prepare your home for your new fur baby.

1. Stock Up on the Essentials

Before you bring a new kitten into your home, make sure that you have everything it needs to be healthy and happy. Stock up on things like quality kitten food, fresh water, an uncovered litter box with low sides that is easy for a small kitten to climb into, unscented scoopable cat litter, litter scoop, food and water bowls, etc.

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2. Set up a Safe Place

When you are not at home, your kitten needs to be in a safe place where he can’t hurt himself, or cause any damage in your home. We suggest setting up a bed in a quiet room with a door that can be closed with a litter box, food, water, and toys to keep him occupied while you are not at home.

3. Learn about Kitten Care

Even if you have had cats before, it is always a good idea to read up on kitten and cat care. There are often new ideas to try, and you may even want to find recipes for home-made kitten and cat food. Some websites where you can get loads of information include:

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4. Put Fragile Items Away

Next, if you have any fragile items that are within a kitten’s reach, put them up higher, or even put them away for the time being. Cats are curious creatures, and will jump on surfaces to check things out, and then knock things over and break them.

5. Close the Toilet

Your kitten may see the toilet as a giant water bowl, and try to get a drink. Then, he may fall in, and will not be able to get out. Keep the lid closed to be safe, or keep the bathroom door closed at all times if possible.

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6. Get Rid of Poisonous Plants

There are many houseplants that are toxic to cats, and because they will try to chew on most plants, you will need to get rid of any that you may have. If you like to have plants, there are plants that are ideal to have for cats. Try growing your own cat grass, which they love to chew on and aids in their digestion.

7. Secure Door and Window Screens

It is important to ensure that all screen doors and windows are secure, and have latches that a cat can’t open. You may even want to invest in screening that is virtually cat-proof.

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8. Put Medications Away

Just like children, kittens can get into medications, and they can end up becoming very sick if they ingest medications. Make sure that any medications in your home are well out of reach of a kitten, such as in a cabinet that they can’t get into.

9. Eliminate Escape Opportunities

Make sure that all windows and doors securely latch to make sure that your kitten doesn’t get outdoors. Ignore the people who tell you that cats need to be outside. They are much safer and healthier when kept indoors. In fact, studies show that indoor cats live as much as 5-10 years longer than cats that go outside.

10. Put Cleaning Supplies Away

Put child-proof locks on cabinets to make sure that your new kitten is not able to get into any poisonous cleaning supplies. You can put latches on all cabinets while you are training your cat to stay out of them.

Featured photo credit: Burak Kebapci via pexels.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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