How to Pet Proof Your Property

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Pets can be extremely curious, especially in their infancy. Adding a pet to your family dynamic is a huge commitment, and you’ll want to ensure that both you and your pet have the best relationship and that the safety of your pet, in addition to yourself and your family members is a priority. Alongside the excitement of welcoming the newest member of the family, safety precautions need to be taken- preferably before you pick your pet up, so when it arrives home you can relax and enjoy the new family addition. Pet-proofing is vital, for both humans and animals. It keeps your pet safe from injury, or ingesting things that they shouldn’t, and will also protect your possessions from any nosy animals. Here at We Buy Any Home, we’ve compiled a step-by-step guide on how to pet proof your property room by room.

Kitchen:

  • The first kitchen related issue is food. Some foods are toxic to animals, such as chocolate to dogs, and raw garlic and onions for cats. Installing a safety gate will ensure that your pet doesn’t ingest any toxic food and keep them out of the kitchen- this is also a smart hack to keep pets away from sharp objects such as kitchen knives.
  • Rubbish bins are an excellent source of intrigue for young pets. However, the exciting smells to your pets’ nose may be dangerous as they could consume something toxic or swallow a small object that would cause internal obstruction. To avoid this, regularly empty your bins and make sure all rubbish bags are sealed.
  • In the kitchen is perhaps where all the cleaning chemicals are kept and human medications. If your pet has access to these it could poison them if not kill. It is vital to keep these things out of reach, especially for cats who are avid climbers. Adding cupboard latches are a great idea for pets who are sneaky enough to open cupboard doors.
  • Check the washer and dryer before you hit ‘start’. You don’t want your new family addition to be stuck inside!

Lounge:

  • The intrigue your cat or dog has in electrical wires needs to be stopped immediately. Remove dangling wires from TV’s, lamps and telephones out of reach to avoid your pet being electrocuted.
  • If you have small children who leave their toys lying around, or small parts to things such as Lego pieces, it is probably best to put those in a locked box or a box with a seal.
  • Some house plants may be dangerous and poisonous to pets, so carry out some research before you bring your pet home. Either move the plant to a location where you are sure your pet won’t reach it, or discard of the plant completely.

Bathroom:

  • Keep the toilet bowl closed. Young pups (and some cats) have a bad habit of drinking toilet water, especially if they aren’t trained. Also, if your new addition is super tiny, you want to prevent the likelihood of them falling down the toilet.
  • Similar to the kitchen scenario, bathrooms often hold cleaning products or medicine. Keep all these out of reach or add locks to cupboards.
  • We often discard our hair accessories in the bathroom whilst we’re getting ready. When pet-proofing your home, it is essential to keep these stored away, as objects such as bobby pins are a potential choking hazard.
  • Keep the bathroom bin empty. A lot of waste such as sanitary products and perfumed wipes goes into the waste basket- and could be harmful for your pet to ingest.
  • Hide the toilet paper. Comedy sketches have shown us how pets love to play with toilet roll- puppies in particular. If you don’t want your toilet roll to be wasted, keep it out of sight!

Bedroom:

  • Ensure to keep laundry out of sight behind closed doors. Drawstrings and buttons can be harmful if ingested by your pet.
  • Blockade furniture temporarily. You don’t want your new pet to get trapped under your bed or wardrobe (if they’re small enough), so creating a temporary blockade will stop them exploring unsafe places.
  • Storing your shoes out of reach will keep your pet from shredding your favourite pair to pieces.

Other Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Ensure all heating/air vents are covered so your tiny pet doesn’t crawl in.
  • Make sure all doors are locked- minimise the risk of escape for your pet.
  • Mend gaps and holes in the wall.
  • Cover plug sockets.

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