I love my pets and I know you feel like me. Sometimes, they can get into as much trouble as children. Whether you have a new home or four-legged family member, you must ensure your home is pet friendly!
From the trash can to the cabinets, there are many things that can harm your pet. Cats and dogs are curious by nature. They could go snooping around your home and get into something that could hurt them.
Which means you must keep your home as pet friendly as you can. If you’re searching for some easy ways to make your home pet friendly, here are some steps you can take:
Check Your Anderson SC Home for Pet Health Hazards
Step one in making your home safe for animals should be to look for possible hazards. Get on the floor and have a look at your home from your pet’s point of view. You may pinpoint problems you might normally fail to notice!
If you’re living with a free-spirited critter, properly secured storage helps make life easier for you. Store any items that could be tasty or tempting for your pet in a closet or cabinet. My cat Jade would open kitchen cabinets if there were Doritos inside! I had to install childproof latches to stop my junk food loving kitty!
Drugs and cleaning products must be secured in cabinets or closets that are hard to open. Antifreeze is very deadly to both cats and dogs and must be kept out of reach. Cords for blinds or drapes should never be located where animals can become entangled.
Puppies will chew so electrical cords must be secured. I have seen puppies chew through the lights on a Christmas tree so you must be on the lookout all year long!
Protect Your Pet From The Trash
Some dogs will want to get into the trash so it’s crucial to protect your pet from the hazards in the trash. And it isn’t just dogs that get in the trash as my cat Jade would knock over a trash can if she smelled anything in it! This is not just a mess to clean up but also a serious health hazard to your pets!
Throw out perishable trash every day to prevent pets from searching through it. I suggest buying a more durable trash can with a tight fitting lid that your pet can not get into. This will help to prevent your pets from eating anything that can be unhealthy or dangerous.
If you think your pet has ingested something hazardous, you need to call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately.
Pet Friendly Flooring for Your Anderson SC Home
Selecting the right flooring materials will mean less work for you. Ceramic tile or hardwood flooring can be a good choice for pet owners. They are easy to clean and maintain in a pet friendly house!
If you are going to use carpet, stay with a color that matches your pet. Carpet that is similar in color to your pet will help to hide their hair between vacuuming.
For smaller dogs, hardwoods with an appropriate finish is a popular option. For larger dogs, ceramic tile or other nonporous hard flooring works best.
Give Pets Their Own Space in Your Anderson SC Home
By giving your pet their own special area, you can make them happy and keep your home looking good at the same time. Rather than a second-hand pillow, purchase a pet bed for their very own corner of your home to allow them to feel at home.
When my dog was a puppy, we bought a cage that she still loves to nap in. It is her safe place and the door has not been closed in years. But she feels safe there and it has a nice soft comfy bed so we let her nap in it whenever she wants!
You won’t have to clean up after your furry friend as often if you can give them a place of their own. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or extravagant. Just giving them a cozy bed where they enjoy sleeping will help make them feel safe and secure. Plus it could help to keep them off the furniture!
Set up a shelf or cabinet for all their stuff. We have a wicker basket for all the dog toys that actually looks right at home in our living room. It helps to cut down on the clutter and keep everything in one place.
Cat owners need to think about the location of the litter box. It needs to be away from the kitchen and the pets feeding area. It needs to be private, not too isolated and easily accessed. If your cat doesn’t like where a litter box is located, they won’t use it. If your cat is older, remember they may have a hard time getting in the litter box.
If possible, letting a cat outside alleviates some of the litter box issues. My cat has a litter box but prefers going outside. She will go outside and do her “business” and come right back in. Well unless it is sunny and she can lounge on the rear deck.
I would not let my pets outside unless I was 100% certain my yard was safe and pet friendly…
A Pet Friendly Yard
When you let your pets outside, fleas and ticks will not be your only issue. You’ll have to decide if you need to build a fence or an invisible fence and identify poisonous plants in your yard. The ASPCA keeps an extensive database of plants that are hazardous to pets. Please read and bookmark ASPCA Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants List.
Most pets want to be outside and it can really add to their quality of life. A pet friendly yard is a must for homes with pets!
Dogs love to be outside so they can run and play. This means your yard needs to be escape proof for your four-legged Houdini! You need to make sure what type of fence is acceptable according to your HOA or local codes and regulations.
You need to have someplace for your pets to get out of the weather. Your pet’s second home doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It just needs to be warm in the winter, cool in the summer and waterproof for when it is rainy or snows.
The Take Away:
If you are like me, the four-legged members of your family mean the world to you. And the is no reason why we can’t make our homes pet friendly. Pets are pretty easy to please and it does not take too much to keep them safe and happy.