As it’s ‘love your pet day’, we thought it might be a good time to give you some ideas on how to keep your home pet-friendly and safe. This day calls for sharing a lot of pictures of your pet, and if you don’t have one…seeing a lot of other people’s pets.
However, this day may encourage you to adopt a fluffy addition into your life, or even consider the pet your child has been wanting for Christmas for years. If so, then here’s a guide to keeping your home pet-friendly and safe.
Many people do not consider the simple things around the house which can be common dangers to pets, such as household plants being hazardous to cats. So, common ones to avoid are:
- English Ivy
This is only a guideline, so if you are considering having plants around your pet, be sure to research which household plants will not affect them.
BREAKABLE AND DANGLING WIRES
Ensure that no wires or dangling cables are visible that allows your pet to chew on them. This also includes any knick-knacks that can easily be knocked over such as, photo frames, vases. So just place them higher than your pet can get to.
This may seem extensive, but to avoid pets getting into food cupboards or cupboards containing chemicals, this is an essential! All wrappers and food could potentially be a choking hazard, so it’s best to prevent it from the beginning.
Many pet owners don’t realise that some rugs can be harmful to their pet. A lot of cats can get their claws stuck into the high loops of certain rugs. So, just use outdoor rugs, which are also stain proof.
KEEP IT CLEAN
It may seem difficult to keep your home clean when you have a pet running around, so here’s a few tips to help you along the way.
To avoid any footprints and any other dirt entering the house, when they’ve been playing outside. Wipe their paws before they come inside.
Food bowl :
Keep a washable mat underneath the food bowls to make your life a little easier when cleaning any spillages. Also, a helpful tip to avoid ants and other insects reaching the food is to keep the bowls slightly elevated. These are just a few tips and guidelines to help you along the way when adopting a pet.