Pets are our fuzzy family members. It’s tough to find a place that allows them, and even when we do we have to make sure that home is suitable for them. It can be hard to figure out what to do to pet-proof a house and make sure it’s in a good condition for the whole family, including the furry ones.
A good place to start is to take each room at a time.
To make sure your pet, especially a puppy or kitten, doesn’t get into anything that could harm them, make sure you check your bathroom for the necessary precautions. This includes placing medications and pills in safe, pet-proof cabinets, or in an area they can’t reach; this also goes for things like cleaners, sprays (hairspray, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.), and anything else that may be harmful if found.
Other precautions to take with animals in your bathroom is to place child safety locks in your cabinets and to have closed trash cans, a closed toilet lid, and no irons of any kind left on (curling iron, straightener, etc.).
The bedroom is filled with your essential items and home necessities, and sometimes it’s easy to look over a potentially dangerous item for your pet. There are a few things to keep in mind for bedroom pet safety. One is to keep strings of any kind away from where a pet could find them (this includes shoe laces, pants and sweatshirts with strings, etc.), unless it is a stringy toy that is specifically made for the pet (like a cat toy with a small, safe string). Another good safety precaution to take in your bedroom is to keep dangerous objects out of reach, especially ones a pet could chew on (like wires or cables on phones and lamps), and like in the bathroom, be sure to keep medications out of reach like you would for a child. If you have makeup in the bedroom or bathroom, keep these (along with lotions and perfumes) in secure locations that your pet can’t locate and swallow up the items.
The Kitchen and Laundry Room
The kitchen has a lot of room for mistake for your pet, so it’s important that you take the proper safety measures here as well. There are many sharp and heavy objects in the kitchen, such as cutlery and pots/pans, so be sure to place these objects out of reach; perhaps put knives in a locked drawer or cabinet, and use child safety locks on every cabinet with pans (and drawers filled with silverware, if your pet can open drawers—there are some talented animals out there). Be sure to block off areas in which your smaller pets could hide and get stuck, especially in small nooks where you wouldn’t be able to reach them.
Also be sure to block off the area behind the washer or dryer in your laundry room. If possible, block off the laundry room all together, especially if you have a small kitten or puppy that could get stuck or wedged somewhere. In the laundry room, tuck away the iron so that your furry friend can’t tangle himself in the cord or accidentally get hurt.
The Living Room/Bonus Room
Everyone’s bonus room is different, and everyone’s living room is different, as tastes are unique and people have a wide variety of likes and dislikes. So, your own personal living and bonus rooms will have to be safeguarded by your own discretion for the most part. However, there are a few general ideas to keep in mind for pet-proofing these areas. Some things to keep in mind are to make sure all electrical outlets are capped (do this in every room as well, like you would for a toddler), that there are no wires exposed in or by your TV or entertainment system, and that there are no loose cords or cables anywhere in sight. It may be tricky to hide such things, but even if you do something like taping cords to the wall or inside cabinets near your TV and DVD player, it can go a long way in protecting your pet.
Some other things to keep in mind are to remember to turn off fireplaces and to make sure large objects that can be easily knocked over are secured or blocked off from your pet (such as a tall, standing lamp or a big decorative plant, like a tree or cactus). On the smaller end of decorations, knick knacks on counters should be secured, such as snow globes, souvenirs, picture frames, and things of that nature. If you don’t have a way to secure these when you have a cat, try to teach your pet not to knock things over, or keep them blocked off from that room when you’re gone or asleep. If you have games, be sure to keep them hidden away, especially board game pieces that could be chewed and choked on, particularly by smaller pets.
Some of the advice given in these individual sections can be applied to every room, such as making sure to block off holes in walls and other nooks that could cause your pet to get lost or hurt. There are also other things to keep in mind for every room in the house, such as keeping spools of thread, glue, and needles for crafts tucked away and making sure that vents are covered and secured.
Every home is unique, but keeping these tips in mind will help you keep a safe living space for your furry little friends during any time of the year.