To catch all the things that might be a danger to your pet, you would have to see things from your pet’s perspective, as well as know what is toxic for your cat or dog. It is best to ready the house before welcoming your pet to its new home, but you can always find new ways to improve as you share life together.
Kitchens & Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are perhaps the most dangerous places for a pet in the entire house. There are plenty of objects which could injure or poison a pet. In the kitchen, food poses the biggest threat. Cats and dogs cannot eat many spices, vegetables, etc. that humans can eat, like garlic, onions, nuts, raisins, and much more. Keep chemicals, medicines, sharp objects, utensils, delicate dishware, and fires out of your pet’s reach. In the kitchen, keep the trash can covered; in the bathroom, keep the toilet seat down. Dogs and cats may be tempted to drink from the bowl.
Living rooms pose many objects that may look like the perfect chew toy for your dog or cat. The couch’s wooden legs, the electric cords to the TV or lamp, and soft items like upholstery and blankets may be tempting to the teeth of your furry companions. Thankfully, electric cord and furniture covers are easy to find in stores and online. Training your pet and providing it with suitable toys can also go a long way in reducing danger to your belongings and home.
The bedroom and living room alike may house your favorite indoor plants. Beware of whether it is poisonous for your pet or not. Some species, like daffodils, lilies, and hyacinths, are toxic to them. Keep these plants away from your pets’ reach. Be mindful of how items of sentimental value, or small things like earrings and bobby pins, might look to your pet as well, and take precautions. Keep toiletry like lotions and perfumes in a safe space. As some animals like to hide, make sure you don’t accidentally close your pet in a closet or drawer.
Garage & Laundry Room
The garage is potentially more hazardous than the kitchen or bathroom. It is where an animal can ingest any of the chemicals for auto, pest control, or home improvement purposes. It is also where potentially volatile chemicals are kept. Keep your pet away from the garage or organize hazardous chemicals on high shelves. The same goes for laundry room detergents and other cleaners. Keep the doors of your laundry machines closed, as some animals may want to nestle inside the barrels.
If you’d like your pet to be able to run outside, you’ll need to install a closed fence. If you have a pool, do not let your pet roam around it unsupervised. Be aware of toxic plants in your yard and make sure your cat or dog keeps from chewing them.
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