8 Aug 2017

Pet Proofing Your Home In 3 Easy Steps


Puppies and kittens are so very cute, but welcoming them into your home without taking necessary precautions is a recipe for disaster. Take a moment to consider the ethics of bringing animals into our homes as pets. Sure, we can give them love, support, security and sustenance that they wouldn’t be able to get in the wild, but in our enthusiasm we can often forget that a domesticated animal is still an animal that will think and behave with an animal’s instincts. This includes a need to hunt, forage, climb, explore and (despite the smelly consequences) mark their territory.


Most animals aren’t really capable of inflicting a great deal of damage in an isolated incident but over time it can really add up and the consequences to you could be expensive. Getting your home pet ready rarely means making expensive changes. After all, a secured loan for home improvement should be reserved for when we want to add value to our home, not when we want to take preventative steps or repair damages. By taking a few simple precautions you can avoid unpleasant expenses and save your home improvement fund for the fun stuff!

Start from the ground up

We spend so much time walking around our home, we don’t pay all that much attention to the floor. Small animals, especially puppies, are less than discriminate about what they’ll try to gobble up off the floor. This may include batteries, earrings, paperclips, screws and all manner of potentially harmful things. 

You should also prevent your new pet from being able to claw, chew or empty their bladder onto anything of monetary or sentimental value. This means that expensive shoes go in the locker and expensive gadgets (and their temptingly chewy wires )  get covered up. Skirting boards or other areas of the home that you’d like to remain un-chewed can be treated with a repellent spray.

Think toddler

If you’ve had children then you’ll know how explorative they can be when they begin toddling around on two feet. A puppy or a kitten is about as curious as a toddler and they can access most of the same things. This means you should cover power outlets, cover those delicious wires cables, and replace your bin with something pedal operated. You don’t want to wake up to the leftovers from last night’s dinner strewn all over your kitchen floor. 

Magnetic locks are useful to prevent pets from accessing drawers and cupboards and needless to say, medications should be kept in a high, secure place well out of the reach of curious paws.

Houseplants are a beautiful way to  spruce up the home but some may be toxic to pets so either replace them or ensure they're well out of reach.

Don’t forget the garden

Gardens are not without their own hazards. If your decking is made from pressure treated wood, it may contain chemicals that are toxic to your pet and will need to be resealed. The chemicals can also leak into the soil below the decking so make sure that this is covered up and inaccessible to prying paws and mouths. Ensure that toxic plant fertilisers, weed killers and pesticides are placed in a sealed container, well out of your furry friend’s reach.

By taking these 3 easy steps you can ensure a pet friendly home in which your new friend can grow and be happy without you needing to worry about their safety or expensive repairs.




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