Homeowner Tips to Pet Proof Your Home for a New Pet

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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!!

Aug. 5: Work Like a Dog Day.

Aug. 2-8, 2015: International Assistance Dog Week.

Aug. 15: National Check the Chip Day. AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) joined together to create “Check the Chip Day.”

Aug. 15, 2015: International Homeless Animals’ Day®. From the International Society for Animal Rights.

Aug. 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.

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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kristin, great list as many homeowners get a new pet after closing on their new home!  

Aug 03, 2015 10:07 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Good tips, Kristin.  I hadn't really considered most of them before.  You have me revisiting a couple things with my pets.

Aug 03, 2015 12:35 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice for pet owners.

Have an outstanding week.

Aug 04, 2015 01:08 AM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor

This is a wonderful list - something I have never thought of. What a great marketing piece this could be, and a terrific checklist to give new or prospective buyers


Aug 05, 2015 01:41 PM #4
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Joan Cox 

Yes, many times that is a reason to buy a house. So many rentals do not allow pets.

Aug 06, 2015 01:12 AM #5
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 

That is why AR is so good as we share important information.

Aug 06, 2015 01:13 AM #6
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Roy Kelley 

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your summer.

Aug 06, 2015 01:13 AM #7
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Jeff Dowler CRS 

That is a good idea and I may make this checklist and send it to my new homeowners. Lots of good tips here.

Aug 06, 2015 01:15 AM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kristin, love the list and since we have so many pets we have no indoor plants...but also check that the outdoor plants are not poisonous too...Endre

Aug 09, 2015 12:51 PM #9
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