How to Pet-Proof Your Home
Buying a new home is an exciting venture, but it can come with some difficulties. If you have a pet already, you’ll need to get them used to the change in scenery, as well as ensure that the new house is safe for them. If you’re planning to adopt a pet shortly after moving in, you’ll also need to ensure that your home is safe for your pet.
In order to be sure that your home is safe for your pet, you’ll first need to consider how it is different from your old home. Did you move from a one floor house or an apartment to a multi-story building? Is your new home located near a busy road? Are there woods that your pet might be drawn to but could also become lost in? There are many questions to consider when ensuring that your new home is safe for pets. Read on to learn some of the top tips for pet proofing your home, room by room.
In the kitchen…
There are so many exciting smells in the kitchen, and animals know that good smells mean good tastes. Dogs, and sometimes cats, will sniff through the trash to get at scraps that might be tasty … but this could mean ingesting dangerous items such as bones, toxic foods, or even packaging. Keep your trash can out of sight, if possible – either in a dedicated cabinet or under the sink. You can even use childproof locks on the cabinet doors if you have a particularly active pet. If storing your trash completely out of sight isn’t an option, make sure you get a trash can with a locking lid to prevent thieves.
You will also want to ensure that toxic cleaning supplies are stored away from your pet and out of reach, either high up or behind a locking door.
In the living room…
Puppies and kittens especially will love chewing on wires – so it’s vital that you keep them out of reach and protected. Not only do you want your equipment to stay undamaged, you also want to ensure that your pets are not harmed!
Many common house plants can actually be toxic if ingested, so ensure that these are either kept out of reach or placed in rooms that your pet does not have access to. There are plenty of non-toxic plants if you need to keep some greenery around!
Ensure that heating vents are covered so that cats and other small creatures do not try to explore through the walls of your home.
We recommend training your pets to not jump up onto furniture, as that is how a lot of couches and other furniture gets ruined. Otherwise, you may have to use gates to block off certain areas of your home to ensure they do not ruin your furniture while you’re not home. Use leather or fabric protectant on rugs and furniture to protect against water spills or pet accidents.
In the bathroom…
Keep the lid of the toilet down to prevent animals from drinking the water and possibly ingesting harmful cleaning supplies. As in the kitchen, ensure that cleaning supplies and the trash can are stored out of reach of your pet, possibly behind a childproofed cabinet.
It would be good to avoid shaggy rugs and other materials that puppies may find fun to shred. Or, if you really want those pieces in your bathroom, make sure you close the door when you leave.
In the bedroom…
Keep the laundry behind a closed door, such as in the closet, if possible. If not possible, get a hamper with a lid (possibly even a locking lid) to prevent pets from ruining your clothes.
If you have any medications, lotions or cosmetics that you keep next to the bed, ensure that they are stored out of sight and out of reach of your pet.
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