“They might only be here for part of your life, but for them, you are their whole life”.
This pretty much sums it all up.
Pets quickly become part of the family and regardless of whether you adopt them at a young age or when they are more mature, it is important that you ensure you are adequately caring for your pet.
This means feeding them, walking them, caring for them and protecting them by making sure your home environment is safe and pet friendly.
This not only ensures that they are safe at all times, whether you are home or not, but it also gives you peace of mind, knowing that you are doing everything possible to care for your beloved family member.
Here are some tips and tricks protecting you, your family, your pet and your home.
Fencing is the most important pet proof feature you can install in your home.
Before purchasing a pet, make sure that your fence clearly closes off your back and/ or front yard and that your pet can’t get out.
This is mainly for their safety, so that they don’t run out onto the street or try to play in the neighbour’s yard.
Get rid of your clutter.
Pets are just like people. They are very curious beings.
If you keep your favourite sneakers out, an open packet of chips on the kitchen counter or your freshly folded laundry on the couch, you are pretty much asking for trouble.
Try and pack away as much clutter as possible to avoid your pets attacking your belongings. It is in their nature to play and be active, so they don’t know any better which is why it is your responsibility to ensure your home is clutter free.
Depending on the age and breed of your pet, you might find that items such as photo frames and car keys might also need to be kept away from them.
Anything delicate, forget about it! Silk, linen, velvet or anything with buttons, will most likely become dirty or be damaged by your pet.
These fabrics are also a magnet for pet hair! So if you keep your pet indoors it might be best to opt for fabrics such as dark leather or a synthetic, that can’t easily be damaged.
Buttons might also be dangerous because particular breeds of cats and some more energetic playful dogs might mistake these for toys.
If you create a space in your home for your pet where they can play with their toys and have somewhere comfortable to lay, this would reduce the chances of them running around the home and playing with your furniture.
You could keep their toys in a little hamper and make sure the area is comfortable and entertaining enough for them, that they won’t want to rummage through your stuff around the home.
If you have a balcony in your home, much sure that you install bars, screens or fibreglass windows to protect your pets.
Dogs and cats are curious creatures, so by ensuring your balcony is safe and secure, you are protecting your pets from injuring themselves.
Pet proofing is virtually the same as child proofing, so always ask yourself, “if I had a child what would I do?”
To keep your pet safe, you should install flooring that isn’t slippery, so your fur-friends can’t slip and potentially injure themselves.
Anti-skid flooring, vinyl, laminate, stone, tiles, concrete, polyurethane finished wood, linoleum flooring or hardwood are all products that are pet-friendly.
Carpeting is also a great alternative, that does require a bit more maintenance, but looks fantastic.
If you want to increase the aesthetic qualities of your home and your pets comfort, then you might also consider purchasing area rugs.
A strong suction in your vacuum cleaner is vital!
Regardless of the type of flooring you have, decor or furniture you own, pets still shed hair. So having a strong vacuum cleaner is vital for you and your family’s health and for the cleanliness of your home.
Keeping on top of grooming is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your home pet proof as well as clean and tidy at all times.
Regular baths and nail trimming will prevent your furniture from being scratched or damaged, and it is important for your pets hygiene as well.
Flowers are not the first thing that come to mind when people consider pet proofing their home. But in actual fact, certain types of flowers can be toxic to your new beloved member of the family.
Daffodils, for example, can give your dog a rash or cause vomiting and illness.
Plant and lawn fertilisers can also make your pet very ill.
Try and remove all gardens tools out of sight, reduce the use of garden chemicals and eliminate harmful plants from your garden to keep your pet safe and protected when playing in the yard.