7 Tips to Help You Pet-Proof Your Home

Pets are a lot of fun and we love them. But they bring along a lot of responsibilities. Because of this you may want to pet-proof your home.

They are more than our companions; they are our children, our fur babies. Not only are there more mouths to feed, but you have to make sure that you have your pet spayed or neutered. It’s not just about providing food and water, you have to make sure that your pet doesn’t destroy your household.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just leave our pets on their own and they can look after themselves?

If you’re a pet owner, you know that your furry friend can be quite the handful. From knocking over trash cans to chewing on furniture, it can be difficult to keep your home in one piece with a pet around.

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to pet-proof your home and make it a little more liveable for both you and your pet. Here are 7 tips to help you get started:

Family and dog on couch

1. Keep your trash can out of reach.

Pets are often attracted to trash cans, so it’s important to keep them out of reach. If possible, put your trash can in a cupboard or under the sink, says Mick from the Ministry Of Cleaning who are experts at upholstery cleaning.

2. Keep food and drinks off the floor.

Pets are often drawn to food and drinks that are left out on the floor. To avoid accidents, keep food and drinks off of counters and tables.

3. Keep your pet’s food and water in a designated spot.

Pets are more likely to make a mess if their food and water are spread out around the house. Keep their food and water in one spot to help contain the mess.

Household pets at feed bowl

4. Put away your pet’s toys.

Pets often like to chew on their toys, so it’s important to put them away when you’re not using them. This will help to prevent your pet from damaging your furniture or belongings.

5. Block off access to off-limit areas.

If there are areas of your home that you don’t want your pet to access, block them off with a baby gate or pet gate. This will help to keep your pet contained and safe.

6. Cover up cords and wires.

Pets often like to chew on cords and wires, so it’s important to keep them out of reach. Cover up cords and wires with cord covers or tuck them away behind furniture.

Dog with chewed cord in mouth

7. Be prepared for accidents.

No matter how well you pet-proof your home, accidents will happen. Be sure to have a supply of pet-friendly cleaning products on hand to deal with any messes. 

Remember, pet-proofing your home will help protect both you and your pet. While saving your home valuables from damage is important, you also don’t want a trip to the emergency room due to a household accident.

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