5 Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home

When we choose to share our homes with our pets, we don’t always realize just what that means. Sure, it means pets and cuddles and affection, but it can also mean that the little furballs ‘accidentally’ destroy things or get into things that they shouldn’t. It can be frustrating—and dangerous for our pets. Here are some simple steps you can follow to keep your pets and home safe.

1. Keep Hazardous Products Out of the Way

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Pets are prone to curiosity and poking around where they shouldn’t be. Do a once over of your home to make certain that all hazardous chemicals and cleaning products are properly housed. Install child-safety locks on any cabinets which hold dangerous-for-our-pets cleaning supplies. In the garage, make certain all liquids are kept up off the ground, preferably on shelves that are out of reach.

2. Keep Pets Cordoned Off

Many pets feel anxiety and boredom when their owners are away from the house. To minimize any potential acting out, it’s a good idea to confine your pet to an area that’s free of potential hazards and beloved possessions. For pets that are good jumpers, a tall pet gate can do the trick. Or for those of you who are handy at carpentry, you could try building one yourself.

3. Hide Wires

We love our personal electronics, but the proliferation of handy gadgets around the home can also mean an ever-multiplying supply of cords and wires that pets can easily confuse for chew toys. Hide longer wires and cords along or beneath baseboards and tack them down. Bundles of cords can be hidden inside of decorative boxes and away from our pets’ curious eyes. Be creative and keep those enticing cords from dangling in front of your pets.

4. Invest in Pet-Proof Containers

Whether it’s because they like the scent of their humans or because they’re hoping for an afternoon snack, clothes hampers and trashcans can often be the target of a wily pet. Make certain that yours are lidded and, if possible, tucked away inside of closets or cabinets. A good, heavy wooden or metal container can be quite costly, however, so in a pinch try modifying the ones that you already use.

5. Keep Breakables from Being Broken

When excited, our pets can be worse than a bull set loose in a china shop. They also lack the same sentimental attachments that you have to your heirlooms and decorative objects. A good alternative to keeping smaller items on tabletops, and in harm’s way, is to put them out of reach on floating shelves. Installation of floating shelves is quite simple and you can either buy them prefab or construct them yourself fairly easily.

Be aware that no matter how many precautions you take, pet ownership means that accidents can and will still happen. You keep your home insured to defray the cost of unforeseeable disasters, and it might also be a good idea to consider investing in pet insurance to ensure the health of your pet in the case of an accident. Dog insurance for Spot or cat insurance for Mittens can keep your animals healthy and bank account safe if your safety precautions fail.

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