Getting your home ready for your new furry friend is going to require just as much effort as it would if you were bringing home a newborn baby. Especially if you have never owned a pet before, or if the pet is a baby and not an older one adopted from the shelter. They’re new to this world, and they are new to your home. Pets are naturally curious and they will look over everything and play with as many things as you let them. Here is how you can baby proof before you bring a pet home.
Child-proof locks and latches.
Your pet, believe it or not, will find a way to open things you don’t want open. This is the first tip to baby proofing I’m going to give you because it is the most important to remember. If you don’t already own locks and latches, you should buy some now before bringing your new pet home. Pets are not always clean, and we went our baby to be happy and healthy. It’s got the good diet we recommended, it’s sleeping well, let’s make sure it can breath well too without pet dander and dirt all over the place.
Put away everything you don’t want knocked over or played with.
Medicine, breakable vases, flowerpots, dishware and mugs, all of these things are breakable or valuable. You will want to either keep them on a tall and sturdy shelf, or put them away somewhere until your pet is trained enough to not knock things over.
Get latches for the trashcan to keep the lid attached.
Dogs will try to knock over a trashcan if they think they can get food out of it, sometimes they do it just to play with whatever is inside. Cats might not mean to, but they may fall into the trashcan and end up tipping it over or getting stuck and eating something dangerous for them. Use one of the latches to keep the lid on the trashcan sealed shut so your pets don’t make a mess.
If you have a child, keep their toys away.
Cats will find anything small and entertaining to play with. If it makes noise, has lights, or moves around, it will gain the attention of a cat and the toy will now belong to the cat. For a dog, they will attack and play with any toy available. Until your pets are trained, try to keep the children’s toys in a toy box that the pets can’t get into.
Keep food in the tallest cabinets.
Even if the food is not considered harmful to dogs or cats, it can cause a mess. And there isn’t much that is more frustrating than coming home at the end of the day only to find out that your dog broke into your bag of chips and decided to eat them all.
Block any small passage ways your pet might be able to sneak through without you noticing.
Kittens are the big focus with this one. Puppies will peak into small nooks to see if there is anything to play with, but a kitten will crawl inside. This can be dangerous for the kittens if they get lost inside of the craw space. And it can be stressful for you when you can’t find your kitten after hours of not hearing it.
Shut off the bathroom completely, or keep the toilet lid shut.
This is a choice for you to make. Depending on how you prefer your toilet lid to stay, you’ll want to select one of the two options. If your dog is going to be stubborn, it might be able to open the toilet lid and you’ll have to shut the door. But just keeping the lid shut should be enough for most animals.
Like I mentioned earlier, having a new pet is a lot like having a baby. You have to take every single precaution that you are offered. It’s not likely that your new pet will try to undo everything on this list, but it is a possibility. And the aftermath if your pet does decide to take advantage of something unprotected is not something you want to deal with when you come home at the end of the day. Not to mention that some things could cause harm to the new pet if they aren’t put away or blocked properly. So, it’s always better to be safe.