Tipz & Trickz to Pet-Proof a Home!

Guest post by: Jackie Shelton
(Two Rabbits Media)

Keeping a home full of happy pets takes a lot of work for a homeowner. Animals can find themselves in unsafe situations quite easily. With these tips, homeowners can minimize the risk of injury and feel better when they are away from home.

Protect Puppies and Kittens

People who are not accustomed to having young animals in the house may quickly realize that puppies and kittens behave very differently from adult dogs and cats. Although all animals need a little extra consideration for their safety, the younger an animal is, the more likely they are to get into trouble. For example, animals that are teething could chew on electronic cables and receive a shock. They may bite things that break apart easily. This could become a dangerous choking hazard for a growing dog or cat.

Move Hazardous Items

Just like small children, animals can have a tendency to get into hazardous substances if they have easy access. Cleaning solutions, paint, solvents, and other household poisons may smell or taste attractive to cats and dogs. Pet caretakers should make sure that all of these substances are far out of the reach of pets. The preferred space for such things is typically on a high shelf in a cabinet or closet that can be closed tightly. Experts typically do not recommend putting these items in a garage. Pets may not be able to get into the garage, but flammable substances should be kept away from any possible source of ignition. Please visit Aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control to view more information on hazardous items.

Maintain a Comfortable Temperature

Many pets have a fur coat that allows them to stay warm outside in a variety of temperatures. However, the temperature that is safe for survival may not be the same range that is ideal for a pet’s comfort. Cats and dogs that are extremely cold or hot may demonstrate difficult behaviors or show other signs that they are suffering. For dogs, specifically, there are certain steps to keep them healthy in colder weather. Homeowners should confirm that the home is set to a comfortable temperature during the day while they are gone. If pets will be outside for an extended period of time, they should have access to adequate shelter, food, and water.

Cabinets and Tight Spaces

Some pets, cats in particular, like to climb into tight spaces where they may become stuck or trapped. Many small animals like to have a refuge that is warm, dark, and cozy. However, cats that climb into a cabinet or drawer may get trapped if someone closes their means of escape. Homeowners should put on cabinet locks to avoid pets climbing in on their own. They should also confirm that an animal has not slipped in unknowingly while they are using the cabinet. Kennel safety is also something else to keep in mind in regard to tight spaces. Please remove collars before placing pets in kennels because they can get stuck.

Appliance Safety

Pets, especially younger ones, have a natural curiosity that could lead to injury without adequate protection. Cats will often climb inside a clothes dryer or the cabinet of the dishwasher because they are curious about what is inside. If they become locked inside the appliance, they may be severely injured. Energetic dogs could climb on top of equipment and jump off, or otherwise knock it over. Homeowners should secure all top-heavy appliances and cabinets against toppling. They would also do well to develop a habit of checking inside an appliance before closing it.

Avoid Predators Outside

Allowing dogs and cats to have some time to play and run around outside can be an excellent choice for their health and enjoyment. Homeowners who recognize that there are a number of potential pet predators in the neighborhood will help to protect their animals from unnecessary harm. Fences should be adequately high and well-maintained to reduce the likelihood an animal might escape. Pets should have some form of supervision to ensure that they can get help if they need it, and go back inside when they are ready. If you do allow your pet outside keep the heat in mind- do not leave them outside for long unattended.
Maintaining a safe home for pets calls for attention to the kinds of hazards animals face in the average house. By taking care to root out the common problems and identify simple solutions, homeowners get to enjoy their pets without worry that they may get sick or injured simply by living in the home.

 

2018-07-05T09:31:56+00:00June 30th, 2018|Blog, Cats, Health, Pet Nutrition|