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National Pet Day is the perfect time for anyone to give their pet some extra love. However, the curious and lovable nature of pets often gets them into a heap of trouble. Homeowners have many options to keep their furry friends and possession safe and pet-proof their home. Pet-proofed homes can help avoid a headache and save money in the long run by avoiding trips to the vet and damages on an item. Below are some of the ways pet enthusiasts can pet-proof their homes.
Control Pet Dander and Hair
Dog and cat dander and hair can spread across every room of the house in seconds, and this can block AC units and ventilation and cause allergic reactions. You can use an electronic duster and a vacuum with a filter to remove dander on a cat or dog. You can also consider switching out the fan in your AC unit to prevent the accumulation of pet hair, which can make it less efficient. Experts recommend the use of a furnace filter to catch pet dander as it revolves around the AC unit.
Use Secure Trash Can and Scratch Posts
Cats and puppies can easily tip over or break into a lightweight trash can. Therefore, anyone that wants to keep their pet out of garbage should buy heavy-duty tins that have a solid lid. You might also want to get a scratching post for your pet. Pets that don’t have a scratching post use their claws on the furniture, and that can tear households to shreds. However, a scratching post is a safe place for your feline friends to scratch their nails without destroying upholstery.
Put Clutter Away from Your Pet
Cats can view households such as sunglasses, clothes, or shoes as toys. Worse, dangerous items such as herbicides and cleaning products can be tempting to a pet. It’s time for homeowners that are used to leaving everything on the floor to get organized and look for ways to get rid of their clutter. If possible, chemicals and other valuable items should be put out of reach or locked in drawers.
Crate Train Your Pet
The secure place to keep pets whenever you want to leave them at home alone is in a crate. However, crate training can take longer because it involves placing a pet in a container several times until it gets used to it. Food, water, a bed, and even toys can help a dog or cat adjust to a crate quickly. Nonetheless, owners should never leave their pets unattended for long.
Put Up Gates and Close Doors
Homeowners should shut any section or room of their home where pets are prohibited. While closed exterior glass doors work excellently, homeowners can still put up gates to protect their pets from tumbling down the stairs or deny them access to dangerous areas. You can also use puppy pads to increase the safety of your furniture and carpet. Pet pads will let the puppy walk around the house without staining the floor.
Even pipes are vulnerable to pets. However, pet owners can bath their pets using a drain strainer to cover open drains and pets and prevent blocking and clogs. Pet litter can also make a home uninhabitable, even if the package recommends users to flush it. Bedding can include more than the waste of a pet. It can contain sand and clay, which can cause clogs or block any plumbing system. Silica and clay litters can create clumps and absorb moisture, causing clogs once they enter your drainage system. While pet-proofing a house seems tedious, its benefits are worth the expense and time. You should do each thing at a time, and adopt practices that will help keep a pet safe. Keeping your possessions intact and pets safe is possible as long as you follow these tricks.
Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.