Consider a few essential home adjustments if you’re adopting a new pet or trying to be a better pet parent and pet proof your home.
Here are six ways to pet-proof your home to keep your pets safe and healthy.
Covering cords is extremely important, especially for puppies and kittens who can’t resist the allure of a dangling wire or cable. You have a couple of options:
Tuck the cable away behind a cabinet where they can’t be reached.
Use a bitter spray in the area, so the cords unappealing.
Purchase cord covers.
USE PET-SAFE PRODUCTS
If your dog is a sloppy eater or often leaves food in the bowl, it’s not uncommon to attract pests. And certain types, like fire ants, can be a problem if they invade your pet’s space because they bite. Raid® has an Ant & Roach killer kill over 20 household pests. When used as directed, it’s safe to use around pets.
BUY GARBAGE CANS WITH LIDS
When some pets smell a nice full can, they might want to investigate. But kitchen garbage cans carry bacteria and tissues can cause intestinal blockages.
Many common houseplants are toxic to pets. The truth is that all pets—especially cats—often like to munch on plants. If you have ivy, elephant’s ear, pothos, aloe vera, jade, etc. place them where your pets can’t reach them. A Google search can tell you if the plant is safe.
CLEAR COUNTERTOPS OF FOOD
Don’t leave food on the countertops. If those chocolate cookies are left out, your pet could eat. So make sure to put all food items away.
SWEEPING YOUR FLOORS
Pets love to put anything and everything in their mouths. Small items are choking hazards. Keep an eye out to make sure to keep your floors free of hazards.