Moving into your new home can be an exciting time for everyone involved – including your furry friends! Just as we humans require some little rituals to settle into a new home, we need to be accommodating of the needs of our pets in their new home. It can be a struggle to know where to begin in pet-proofing your new home, as there are so many things to consider. Unlike child-proofing your home, pet-proofing can require an extra few steps (and husband-proofing requires a few more than that!). Here are our top tips on how to pet-proof your new WOW home.
- Add in some high storage
- Be careful of your electricals
- Keep your chemicals high
- Be careful of your lids
- Arm yourself for accidents
1)Add in some high storage
Curious little critters, such as dogs and cats, find ways to get at your precious possessions, such as clothes, bags and shoes. In order to avoid having to replace your wardrobe every couple of months, ensure that all of your storage is up high. A shoe cabinet kept inside a cupboard is helpful way to ensure that even if your little friend gets into your cupboard, there is another barrier to entry before they can tear up your shoelaces. A simple bench with shoe storage makes it easier for your pet to get at all of your things. When it comes to your storage, ensure you have safety catches on your cupboards so that whilst you are out of the house, your pets cannot get into your cupboard.
2)Be careful of your electricals
One important thing you need to consider for the safety of any pets when it comes to electrical cabling and phone wires. You must ensure that all wires are up off the floor at a level that cannot be reached by your dog or cat. If you have no other options, you could buy some cable covers to ensure that the cords are covered by plastic and kept out of harms way. Not only will this make your entire living space more stylish and tidy, it will also protect your fur baby from getting any nasty shocks.
3)Keep your chemicals high
One thing that many people forget when it comes to organizing their new home is the medications, chemicals and any laundry supplies. Most people keep these things in low cupboards that are the perfect places for prying little paws. In order to protect your pet from ingesting any harmful chemicals, keep all of your nasty chemicals or anything that could hurt your pet, up high. If you don’t have the cupboard space, it would make sense to install some high shelving.
4)Be careful of your lids
Pets, especially cats, are notorious for finding themselves in tricky spots. One way you can avoid pets getting into your rubbish bin and other nooks and crannies around your house, is to ensure that everything you buy has a self-closing lid. Swinging bin lids are the best way for your sneaky cat to get into the rubbish, cause a mess and potentially eat something that is not too good for its stomach. Lids that require human intervention is the best way to pet proof your home.
5)Arm yourself for accidents
There are going to be some unavoidable teething issues when your pet does move into your new home. Make sure you have some heavy-duty stain removal on-hand to ensure that when these little messes do occur, you are able to clean them up in no time (and perhaps some air freshener, too). It also makes sense to have a first aid kit for your pet on hand, stocked with everything you would need to ensure your little friend always stays safe.