If you’re a pet lover, have you thought about ways to keep your pet safe in your home? You might think that as long as they aren’t running loose outside they’re safe, but there are a number of different dangers that exist in your home you might not be aware of. Here are a few tips you can follow to be sure that your pet is as safe as possible in your home.
Many of the same precautions you’d use to childproof your home with a curious toddler will work for your pet, but also be aware that cats have the ability to get on top of tables and countertops. That’s not something a toddler will necessarily do!
Move things up
Take a look around your home and take special note of what’s on the floor. Move anything toxic like laundry detergent, cleaning products, medication, or household chemicals up and out of the way. Don’t forget to check places like the garage or the basement if there is a chance your pet will sneak in when you’re not looking.
Fasten the garbage
Curious pets may be attracted to the smells coming from the garbage and try to get into it. Not only can there be sharp surfaces in the trash, but there may be bones or dangerous foods. Onions can be toxic to cats and chocolate can have the same result on dogs. Be sure that your garbage can has a locking lid or is stored in a cupboard that your pet cannot get to.
Be sure that your pet has not crawled into the washer or the dryer before you turn it on. You will also want to be certain that you keep the lid of the toilet seat down if there is any chance your pet could drink from it (and also drink cleaning solutions) or drown in it.
Watch your plants
Some houseplants and flower bouquets can be toxic to your pets. Common flowers like lilies, babies’ breath, oleander, ivy, pothos, and philodendron are all toxic to cats and dogs. It only takes a few leaves fallen on the ground to make your pet very ill.
Hide the wires
Many cats and dogs like to chew, but chewing on an electrical wire is not something that you want them to do. Be sure to tape down electrical wires they may have access to. Move them out of reach of chewing if it’s a room they have access to.
There are many hidden dangers in your home that might prove harmful to your pet. Take a look around each room from their eye level and see what they might have access to.