Is Your Home Pet Safe?
Pets are furry family members that require your time, attention, and a comfortable home. Over half of all homes have pets living in them, but can still be thought of with low importance when it comes to setting up the home. They deserve a safe place to play and sleep, so evaluate your home and think about these factors before bringing a pet into the family.
Conduct an All-Fours Inspection
Think like your pet to get an idea of things that could be dangerous for them in your home. This may mean getting down on all fours and looking around to inspect the areas your pet can access. Look for choking or electrocution hazards such as exposed electrical cords or long window treatment cords.
Keep human foods and medications away from areas that pets can access. Step stools or chairs close to counters may give your pet the opportunity to climb up and grab something that could be a danger to their health.
Make sure your indoor plants are safe for pets to be around. Common but toxic plans can include but are not limited to poinsettia, amaryllis, and aloe vera. If you have cats, keep lilies out of the home.
A danger-free zone with a comfortable bed and source of water is a simple way to make pets feel safe and loved. If they enjoy running around the yard, be sure to have a fenced-in area and consider installing a pet door so they have easy access without you having to open and close the door around the clock.
Use Flooring and Fabrics Safe for Paws
It’s hard to enjoy having a pet in your home when you’re constantly cleaning up and repairing damage after them. Couches with easy-care fabrics or covers are ideal for pets (and kids!) who are known to track in dirt and other messes.
Carpet may be a cheap flooring option, but isn’t ideal for pet owners. A great alternative is wood-look tile with waterproof and scratch-proof qualities for easy care and minimal scratching. Natural hardwood flooring is more prone to scratches and dents.
Think about the specific needs of your pet and accommodate them accordingly. Keep them away from toxic substances, protect them from areas where they could easily hide and be injured and take preventative measures to help keep the home clean.