The Perfectly Pet Proofed PropertyMarch 26, 2014
Pet proofing can seem utterly overwhelming when trying to get ready for a new pet. Start by looking out for possible dangers in your home that could hurt your pet. Your pet can run into all kinds serious health issues when living with a human. Make sure you are able to get rid of anything that could cause them harm. To do this, get on their level and try to see what they see. Yes, that means getting on all fours! It can be beyond helpful to get that low to the ground in order to point out dangling items, fragile things that could fall, and items under the couch you want to retrieve before they do. Follow this outline on what to look for and soon you will have a pet proofed home to welcome your new furry friend to.
Try to notice things that are hanging, like plants, strings and wires. Wind up cords and pull strings into coils to keep the animals from possible strangling themselves. Also there is no way that they get caught up in the cords and pull anything off a counter because of it. Probably the most important thing to remember is that electrical cords should be unplugged when not in use. Sometimes animals like to chew, and chewing on an electrical cord could bring them a nasty shock.
Next look for what is on your shelves or windowsills. Pets, especially cats, are absolutely notorious for knocking things down with their tails while walking on your furniture. Fragile things that could be knocked off shelves or tables should be safely put away in an area that cannot be reached by your pet. You don’t want your precious items to be broken and you definitely don’t want to take a trip to the vet because they fell on your pet or your pet stepped in glass. Don’t overlook things that aren’t breakable, but can make a mess. These would include plants, artwork, books, jewelry boxes, and unsealed bags of food.
Speaking of plants, make sure that none of your plants are poisonous to animals. Some plants that homeowners love to decorate with, like the spider plant, are very poisonous if eaten! In fact, many things in your home can be poisonous to animals. Certain foods and definitely candy and chocolate have caused completely preventable pet deaths. Also watch out for cleaning products. First, try to use more naturally friendly products all together, but no matter what you use, make sure they are out of reach. One thing that is easily forgotten is medications. Even leaving a sealed pill bottle on a coffee table is a poisoning waiting to happen. Keep all medicine in a safe, preferably locked place.
Finally, it’s time to get really down and dirty. Don’t forget to check under your couch, chairs, table, and bed check for pills, candy, chocolate, jewelry, kids’ toys, and anything else small that your pet could consume and possibly choke on. Your pet is smaller than you (…we hope!) and will be able to squeeze themselves into places you could never fit. As well as under your furniture, check behind and in all the nooks and crannies of your home.
Think you’re done? Just you wait a hot second! Once your pet is home, there is no need to stop pet proofing! Here are some extra tips to help keep your home in tip top pet shape.
- When the animals are first brought home, make sure you don’t have your best rug down. Also don’t keep a nice rug by the front door. Animals are sure to track in things you can’t even imagine!
- It’s a known fact that pets love to drink from toilets! And although it’s been the butt (literally) of every joke, your toilet can be the cause of much worry. Get a lid on the toilet and make sure to always keep it down, you do not want your little friend lapping up cleaning products or toilet water in general.
- Get rid of tablecloths, long drapes, or tattered blankets. You are just asking for them to be pulled to the ground or ripped to shreds.
- Be extra careful when you have company over. Many people either don’t have pets or aren’t aware of pet proofing. Watch your guests carefully to make sure they aren’t feeding your pet or doing anything else dangerous. The best thing you can do is keep your pet in an area that is safe and separate when you have people over.
- You’ve mastered the inside of your home, don’t forget about the outside! First, fence off your yard! (A shock fence can be used, but it is a very harsh alternative) Also don’t use harmful pesticides on your grass or flowers. Pets are notorious for eating plants and there are ways of preventing insects.
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