Homeowner Tips to Pet Proof Your Home for a New Pet
Here are a few tips to help you get your home ready for a new pet.
Install childproof locks on your cabinets in bathroom and kitchen so your new pet can’t open them and get to potentially dangerous items.
Put anything your pet can reach — medicine, chemicals, etc. — on a high shelf.
Buy covered trash containers that can’t be knocked over easily.
Keep food and pet food up high or in covered buckets.
Put up any electronic cords to prevent animals from chewing on them and shocking themselves.
Hide any small items your pet could chew on or knock over and break. Buy your pet some toys or chewy sticks.
Move poisonous plants outside, or place them out of reach. You can go on 'Google' to find out if your plants are safe for pets.
Buy your pet a bed or crate so they have their own space to rest, relax and sleep.
Put sofa covers/sheets on your furniture for the first few weeks.
Buy some cleaners for unexpected messes and accidents.
Put clothes and shoes in closets and keep the closet door closed.
Keep any medications, cosmetics, and household cleaners out of reach of pet.
Secure garbage cans with lids or store them underneath cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Keep your animals away from pools or ponds to avoid drowning.
Check your fence for any holes to ensure your pet can’t escape from the yard.
Designate an area in backyard as your pet’s bathroom. Keeping it to the same spot helps prevent damage to your bushes or grass. Inside cats need a kitty litter box so they learn where to go.
Vertical blinds and window treatments that have hanging tassels or cords could end up choking your pet looking out the windows. Hang up the cords or tie them up high.
If you have carpeting, use enzymatic cleaner to eliminate urine and poop smells. Area rugs are good but seem to attract dogs that chew.
Tile and linoleum flooring are easy for handling pet accidents. This is a handy place to put your dogs when at work or away from home. When the pets get bored, they get into trouble.
Make sure your hardwood floors and tile grout are sealed.
Get your pet micro-chipped, vacinated and spayed or nuetered early after your get them to keep them at home and healthy.
***Ready to give an adoptable pet their forever home? Find your best friend at a pet adoption event or at a shelter in your area.
Here are a few holidays to remember for August regarding pets and pet adoptions.
Aug. 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. The North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown. Happy DOGust!!