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Pet Proofing Your Home


Do you have a pet or are you thinking about getting one? You might have already learned this the hard way, but it is a good idea to pet-proof your home before you bring your new fluffy best friend home. Pets can cause a lot of damage to your personal property. You might not care about your chewed-up sock or spilled foods or liquids on the floor, but some things can really harm your pet’s health. Here are a few ways to help make sure your belongings and your pet are protected.

Starting in the kitchen, make sure foods and liquids are in plastic or glass containers that your pet cannot open because eating certain human foods or ingesting cleaning supplies under your sink can be very dangerous for them. A good way to pet-proof your cabinets is to use baby-proof locks on the doors. In addition, make sure that most small objects and chemicals are kept in a cabinet where your pet can’t reach them. And remember to keep trash cans closed and hard to open or kept in your pantry.

You might keep cleaning supplies or medications in your bathroom cabinets or closets. If your home does not have cabinets, your next option is to get plastic bins with lids. There are more than 232,000 cases of pet poisoning due to  medications left on  counters. Things that might seem harmless to you can be deadly to your pet. For example, if you leave a ponytail elastic out and your cat swallows it, it cancause damage to its intestines, which can result in a surgical procedure.

Chewing on socks and shoes is pretty common, so make sure that they are put away. One thing that very few people think about is electric cords. Strange, but pets do like chewing on them and the best way to keep that from happening is to keep them hidden or out of reach. You can buy covers for cords or cable clips to secure the to baseboards for this purpose.

There are many things to think about when it comes to pet-proofing your home.  Keep in mind that pets are creative and if there is something they want, they will find a way to get it. Although it sounds like a lot of work, pet-proofing your home is a great way to keep your space tidy and clean for the safety of your furry little friend.

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