Pets are family, too, and it’s essential to consider their needs. They can easily find their way into trouble with everyday household items. Are there hazardous chemicals or plants in your home they can find and ingest? Lilies can cause kidney failure in cats, for example. What about food? Some foods are highly toxic to dogs. And how can you make your home and furniture resistant to pet fur and muddy paws?
Here are four ways to make your home more pet friendly. Even a little planning can make your home safe and more pleasant for your pet—and you as well!
Covered Trash Cans
Our trash can be a pet’s treasure. But this isn’t always the case. A dog getting into the trash while you’re away will be annoying at best and tragic at worst.
If your pets can reach inside your trash can, they’ll have access to items that are choking hazards or even poisonous. Below, we list some everyday things that are hazardous and why.
- Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure.
- Caffeine and chocolate are well-known toxic substances to dogs.
- Xylitol, a sweetener found in sugar-free gum and candy, can cause liver failure.
- Chicken bones and apple cores are choking hazards.
Be sure to keep a lid on your trash can and take your trash out regularly to avoid any accidents.
Did you know that some plants are toxic to dogs and cats? If you have a green thumb and have indoor plants, ensure that they’re all safe for your pets. Lilies, lavender, and poinsettia are some common plants that can adversely affect your pet’s health—and even cause death.
It’s not uncommon for pets to pry open cupboards or closets when they’re searching for food or exploring out of boredom. Consider latching any cabinets that have cleaning products, pesticides, or fertilizers. Securing cupboards relates to medicine cabinets as well; many prescription and over-the-counter medications and vitamins can be fatal if consumed.
Once you’ve made your home safe by keeping dangerous or toxic items away from your pets, you can focus on pet-friendly furniture. Choosing upholstery made from stain-resistant fabric will make your furniture last longer and prevent unpleasant aromas from becoming embedded into the fibers.
Wooden floors can withstand muddy paws and claws better than carpet. However, if you’d like some coziness rather than a stark floor, consider selecting an area rug made for high-traffic areas. You can place it in the entryway or living room to collect dirt and debris.
With these easy ways to make your home more pet friendly, you can relax knowing that your fur baby is safe and sound!