In the US, around 85 million families have some sort of pet, which is two-thirds of the population! Having a furry companion is an excellent way to enrich your life. Plus, you can rescue furry creatures in need too.
Do you feel like you’re ready to add another member to your household? Then you need to make some preparations before you bring Fido home. Otherwise, they can get into trouble!
Keep reading for ways you can make your home pet safe before you introduce your new furry friends.
Store Away Toxic Substances
Pets are like babies; they’ll get into anything and everything! And when they do, they’ll want to taste whatever they find.
It’s vital that you store away all toxic substances, like medications and cleaners. Even if they’re not at ground level, you should lock these items away. You never know if your pet will jump up to where they’re not supposed to be!
Consider installing latches on your cabinets as well. Get trash cans with lids too, so they can’t get into these containers.
Remove Toxic Plants
Houseplants can really brighten up a place, but some aren’t great for pet safety. While looking at munchkin cats for adoption, you should also research all the plants you have.
You should give away those that are toxic to pets. If you can’t bear to part with your plants, at least put them high up where they’re impossible to reach. While you’re at it, place your fragile items out of reach as well.
Have the Right Flooring
If possible, ensure you have hardwood floors or tiles in your home.
In general, fabric flooring (such as carpet and rugs) is bad. Your energetic pets might trip on these things.
Also, they trap hair, bacteria, and biological waste from puppy accidents. This isn’t great for people with pet allergies, so do yourself a favor and breathe easier and clean up faster with non-fabric flooring.
Avoid Light-Colored Upholstery
Light-colored upholstery will stain easily, and when you have pets, your furniture will get ruined!
Keep your furniture looking newer for longer by going for darker colors. If you can’t afford to replace things, then at least get a dark-colored throw to protect your upholstery.
Make Your Yard Pet Friendly
Your pet won’t want to be cooped up all the time, so you need to make your yard fun and safe.
Ensure your fence is at an appropriate height and there are no loose boards. Remove toxic plants or consider installing an enclosure so you can confine your furry friends to a safe area.
Make the terrain safe by leveling it. Then add plenty of enrichment toys!
Ensure Your Home’s Pet Safe
Bringing home new pets is a huge responsibility. So take some time to ensure your home is as pet safe as possible. This will save you a lot of trouble and heartbreak!
Now you have a pet-friendly home, but there’s so much more to do to make your new pets feel comfortable. Read the rest of our blog page for more information!