6 Steps to a Pet Friendly Home

Fri, Sep 04, 2015 at 10:49AM

Has a new furry friend moved into your home? Or are you trying to make pet’s current living space more comfortable? For many homeowners, their dog or cat is just like family—and fortunately, there are a few things you can do to your home to make it even more pet friendly. We’re discussing a few below:

See the world from your pet’s point of view.

The first step in creating a pet friendly home is seeing your house from their point of view. Dogs and cats are curious creatures—they’ll want to explore every nook and cranny available, and you’ll want to know where these spots are so you have a better idea of how to protect them and your pet. You may notice things like cracks in your kitchen cabinetry or holes in the wall that are tempting to your pets—and by knowing these things, you’ll better be able to remedy them.

Seeing the world from your pet’s point of view is also a great way to get an idea of what they like, what comforts them. You’ll find cozy spots they love to relax and curl up in—be sure to keep these areas clean and free of any hazards.

Set aside pet friendly living spaces.

Once you know where your pet likes to relax, carve out a small space just for them. Add a comfy bed, a basket of their favorite toys, and keep a snack jar nearby! By creating a separate space, you’re setting aside a comfy retreat for your beloved pet.

Make clear boundaries.

While some pet owners may welcome Fido up onto the couch or bed with them, you may prefer to keep your living area clean and fur free. That’s okay! Just be sure to set clear boundaries for your pet to follow—in other words, encourage your family to be firm with your pet about where they can and cannot play. Consistency is key when it comes to this kind of training.

Keep their food safe.

Healthy food is key to a healthy pet, so be sure to keep their food and snacks in a safe environment. The ideal storage space for pet food is in a dry place that’s separate from interference like bugs or neighboring chemicals.

Go vertical.

As we mentioned before, cats and dogs sure love to explore—they can also be surprisingly good at nudging open cabinets, pantry doors and other entryways you don’t want them having access to. If you can’t secure these doors with locks or other protective devices, you can still keep your pets safe by placing chemicals, cleaning supplies, or toxic foods like chocolate on higher shelves. This way, even if your pet does make their way into your pantry, they won’t be able to reach the bad stuff.

Invest in a pet friendly yard.

If your pet spends any amount of time outdoors, it’s key that you try to keep your yard safe for them. You might be surprised to know that some plants and grasses can have a negative impact on your pet—visit the ASPCA website to learn which ones. Also be sure to check your yard for fleas, ticks, and other infestations, and be careful about letting your pet near plants that have been treated with insecticide or fertilizer. The yard can be a safe and fun place when you know what’s in it! 

6 Steps to a Pet Friendly Home

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