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  • Writer's pictureDebi Haning

Pet-Proofing Tips for New Homeowners



Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting experience, but it also comes with the responsibility of ensuring their safety and well-being. As a new homeowner, you’ll want to create a pet-friendly environment that keeps your furry friends safe and your property intact. Here are some essential pet-proofing tips to help you get started.


Secure Your Fencing


A secure yard is crucial for pet safety. Make sure your fencing is high enough to prevent escapes and check for any gaps or weak spots that a curious pet might exploit. If you have a smaller dog or a particularly agile cat, consider additional measures like installing chicken wire along the bottom of the fence or adding coyote rollers to the top to prevent climbing.


Choose Pet-Safe Plants


Many common household and garden plants can be toxic to pets. When landscaping or adding greenery to your home, opt for pet-safe plants. Some safe choices include spider plants, Boston ferns, and African violets. Avoid plants like lilies, azaleas, and sago palms, which can be harmful or even deadly if ingested by your pets.


Durable Furnishings


Pets can be tough on furniture, so choose durable, easy-to-clean materials that can withstand claws, fur, and the occasional accident. Leather and microfiber are good options for sofas and chairs, as they are both durable and easy to clean. Consider furniture with removable, washable covers for added convenience.


Protect Your Floors


Hardwood floors can be easily scratched by pet claws, so consider adding area rugs or runners in high-traffic areas to protect your flooring. For even more durability, opt for scratch-resistant flooring materials such as tile, laminate, or luxury vinyl. Additionally, keep your pet’s nails trimmed to minimize damage.


Secure Trash and Food


Pets are naturally curious and may be tempted to rummage through trash or countertops for food. Use pet-proof trash cans with secure lids and store food in cabinets or containers out of reach. Be mindful of common household items that can be toxic to pets, such as chocolate, grapes, and certain artificial sweeteners.


Create a Pet-Friendly Zone


Designate a specific area in your home for your pet to relax and feel safe. This can include a cozy bed, toys, and access to food and water. Having a dedicated space for your pet can help reduce stress and prevent them from seeking out less appropriate areas to claim as their own.


Protect Cords and Wires


Pets, especially young ones, love to chew on things, and electrical cords can be a tempting target. Secure loose cords with cord protectors or hide them behind furniture. For extra safety, use cord management solutions like cable clips or cord covers to keep them out of reach.


Install Pet Gates


To keep your pets out of certain areas, such as the kitchen or nursery, install pet gates. These gates can be easily moved and adjusted as needed, providing a flexible solution for managing your pet’s access to different parts of your home.


Conclusion


Pet-proofing your new home is an essential step to ensure the safety and happiness of your furry friends. By securing your fencing, choosing pet-safe plants, selecting durable furnishings, and taking a few additional precautions, you can create a safe and comfortable environment for your pets. If you need more tips or have specific concerns about pet-proofing your home, feel free to reach out – I’m here to help you make your home as pet-friendly as possible!


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