So you just adopted a dog. Or a cat. Or a ferret. First time pet owners may be surprised by the amount of chaos one little pet can make. But don’t worry, you can still make your home pet-friendly without sacrificing your entire lifestyle.
- Remove all hazardous items. Keeping your home safe for everyone should be a no brainer. Make sure to store all cleaning supplies, antifreeze and medications in high cabinets. Try walking around on your hands and knees to look for other potential hazards like exposed wires.
- Check to see if your indoor/outdoor plants are pet-friendly. There are over 400 plants that are toxic to animals, so check the ASPCA toxin list to make sure.
- Create a space of their own. Pets need personal space to relax. Privacy is important, so make sure the space is away from the hustle and bustle of the house.
- Keep the toilet lid down, especially if it has automatic bowl cleaners. Doing this eliminates the risk of poisoning and drowning.
- Choose hard surface floors over wall to wall carpet. Not only do hard surface floors clean up better after “accidents”, but they also provide a cool place to relax during the hot months.
- Give your pets durable toys. Just like children, if they don’t have toys to play with they’ll start playing with your “toys” – so always have a few on hand.
Your pet is as much of the family as you are - so make sure they are safe and happy! Contact us for more home tips and tricks at www.c21affiliated.com/Contact_us.
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