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How to Pet Proof Your Home

September 16th, 2011 Pets

Dogs and cats can be a great addition to your family, but often it's difficult for some animals to stay out of trouble if they're inside all the time. To prevent your furry friend from getting into mischief or potentially harming himself, you should take some steps to make sure your home is safe.

When you first welcome pets into your humble abode, it's important to make them feel comfortable. You can do this by placing dog or cat beds in a couple of different rooms and giving them specific areas in which to play. You may also want to set up gates to make sure certain rooms remain off-limits, especially if you have valuable furniture or breakable objects in the vicinity.

If you have a particularly agile pet, consider putting child-locks on the doors of cabinets so they don't open them and possibly get stuck. Pets are always on the lookout for food, so be sure to properly store human snacks and treats. Look up what kinds of foods aren't good for your pet and make sure you don't have any lying around. Remember - chocolate can be deadly for some animals, so leaving it out is a big no-no.

Make sure you don't have any chemicals or medications around that your pet could easily access - a single acetaminophen tablet could potentially kill an adult cat. Keep your toilet lids shut to prevent your pet from trying to drink out of it, as many cleaners contain chemicals that can make your pet sick. Put dangling wires and other components you don't want Fido or Whiskers to chew on out of reach, otherwise they could cause an electrical fire or hurt themselves.

It may seem like a lot of work, but in the end, it will be worth it. After all, is there anything better than coming home at the end of the day and being greeted by your adorable four-legged companion?