5 ESSENTIAL TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME PET-FRIENDLY
So you have finally made the big decision: you are getting a pet!
No hesitation or procrastination this time; you have the money you need, you bought the 5kg dry food pack, you have an arsenal of blogs, videos, and posts all with titles synonymous to “the dos and don’ts of raising and training your pet” saved in your browser bookmarks and the Saved tab in your Facebook account, and, of course, a good friend recommended you an equally good vet clinic, so you are all geared up and you have everything ready, right?
Well… almost; there is probably one small detail that you either overlooked or underestimated, and that is getting your home ready for the new guest.
While it is not a part that should overwhelm you, it shouldn’t be left for the last moment preparations either.
Making your home a pet-friendly one is not just about the pet’s or your comfort, it is also crucial if you don’t live alone – which is mostly the case – to ensure the new arrival will not be a source of inconvenience for your family members or roommates even if they welcome the idea.
No need to worry about this though, we here have prepared for you a step-by-step guide to help you make your house pet-friendly.
1- Keep valuable (and vulnerable) items out of the pet’s reach:
This is not a one-time thing; as long as the pet is in the house, you need to keep an eye out to make sure any object of high value or importance to you is away from its reach, even if it – the pet – is well-trained.
Keep in mind that this rule is not exclusive to items of high monetary value like jewellery rings; work papers and documents fall within this category, especially considering their high vulnerability to paws, claws, and canines. Pets – mainly dogs – have an ever-growing urge to chew on stuff, which is why it is advised to get them a healthy chewing toy.
Also, and this is especially important if you are getting a puppy, always remember to keep your shoes stored in the shoe cabinet. In addition to that, if you, like myself, have a chair in your living room or bedroom unofficially designated for the laundry, you need to start storing them in a closed bin or any locked area unreachable for the pet.
As much as apologetic puppy faces are cute, the last thing you want is to come home to one accompanied with your ripped-apart shirts on the floor.
2- Keep hazardous objects out of the pet’s reach:
When it comes to making your home pet-friendly and safe, you will mostly need to treat the pet the same way you treat a toddler.
This means you will need to keep materials like cleaners, detergents, chemicals, and even audible household plants that might be poisonous to your pet away from its direct reach.
Needless to say, this also applies to any small size objects that can do the pet any harm if swallowed, and electric cables as this would both harm your pet and damage your devices.
Also, some pets have a deadly allergy to certain types of food by nature (dogs and chocolate, for example), and as much as you might love your pet, you wouldn’t want it to share your own food portions with you.
For that, you need to store food in closed spaces; additionally, it is crucial to ask your vet about the types of food which should never be included in its diet for its safety.
It is recommended to install childproof latches on the cupboards and drawers where you usually keep these objects to lock them away from the pet.
3- Some boundaries are not bad:
Much like us human beings, pets are curious by nature. It is not unusual that your pet would try to push itself into the tiny space between your refrigerator and the wall behind it, which would be an overheated suffocated spot for them.
Because of this, we cannot emphasize enough how crucial it is to install obstacles which your pet cannot cross to these spots.
4- Keep the garbage can covered:
Unless you want your food remnants and empty milk and juice cartons spread all over your kitchen’s floor, you need to keep your garbage cans tightly covered.
Again, this is critical for all the good reasons: your house’s cleanliness, your own hygiene, your roommates’ or family members’ convenience, and, of course, your pet’s safety.
Overall, it is advised to keep the garbage cans outside of the house and to unload it on a regular basis.
5- Get your pet its own bed:
It is no secret that most pets love to make their owners’ beds their own sleeping spaces; however, it is better for both the pet and yourself if you got it its own small bed.
This might not need to be mentioned, but an essential step towards making your home pet-friendly is giving the little fellow its own space and not let him sleep anywhere it might. This would be more comfortable for the pet and also easier to be cleaned.
Optional Tip – Getting the landlord’s approval:
This is only applicable – and a necessity – if you are renting the place you live in, even more especially if you are renting a furnished house.
You need to make sure first that you will not be preaching your contract with the landlord by raising pets in their property.
These steps and procedures might seem a bit overwhelming at the beginning – especially considering that they are mostly not a one-time thing, but the good news is they can easily become a habit, and some of them actually would help you have a neater and organized the living place and, eventually, an organized lifestyle.
Raising a pet is a responsibility as much as it is something fun to do, so make sure you are ready to welcome your new little fluffy friend before you bring him in.