Bringing home a new pet is always a cause for celebration. A new member of the family has arrived and everyone in the house is most likely buzzing about it. But owning a pet is more than just fun. It is a lot of responsibility. They are animals at the end of the day. And animals are not accustomed to human ideas of sanitation.
Training your new pet is an important step in integrating them into the family. Particularly they need to be trained to use a litter tray or go outside when they need the toilet. But more than that you need to be aware that animals, particularly cats and dogs, can cause damage to your home. This is why Pet-Proofing is important. For both your possession and also for the safety of your pet.
What is Pet-Proofing
Much like baby proofing, Pet-Proofing is the process of making your home safe for your pet, while also protecting your home from the pet. We should note that we do not advocate placing a lot of restrictions on your pet. Remember, their entire life is going to be based around your home. So if you won’t let your dog on the sofa. Don’t get a dog. It’s not fair on them.
Pet-Proofing is not a complex process. Most home supply stores like Thanos Home or home depot will have everything you need to pet-proof both your house and your garden. Some even offer to carry out the installation process for you for a small fee, which is a great idea as some of the kits can cause damage to your home if installed incorrectly. But what exactly do you need?
Secure Fragile Objects
This is particularly important if you have a cat or a bird that will be free to move around the house. Both these animals have a habit of pushing things off ledges. So it is important to make sure you secure fragile objects such as vases, picture frames, ornaments, or other memorabilia. Stuff that sits on the mantlepiece or on a shelf.
Double-sided sticky tape is a great and cheap way to do this. Simple attach on the bottom and then stick to the surface. A cat is very quickly going to give up pushing an object when it realizes it won’t budge.
Hide Sharp Objects
Animals have no concept of what things are a lot of the time. They won’t realize a sharp object can hurt them until it does. Same with a baby. So you need to make sure anything sharp and dangerous is put away or secure when not in use. The big offenders for this are cutlery and cooking knives. People make a habit of leaving all their utensils on the side to be cleaned later. All it takes is a curious dog to leap up and knock it all off and before you know it they have a slice leg or plate china in their paw.
Proper Toilet Areas
Pets smell. But nothing smells worse than what they leave behind, so to speak. This step is important not just for them, but for your health as well. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a home where their dogs just go toilet on a pile of old newspapers on the floor. It’s unsanitary and dangerous for everyone.
For cats and other small animals, you will want a good-sized litter tray. It is important that the tray is much bigger than them. Keep the lottery topped up and fresh, removing any poo or stained bits regularly. It helps to line the tray with a bin bag for easy cleaning.
For dogs, you will want to train them to use the toilet outdoors. They will be able to go on their walk. But if you don’t have a garden you will want to maybe get a dog-specific litter tray as well. But we highly recommend only getting a dog if they will have ample outdoor space.