So you’ve decided to take a skinner. Congratulations! Caring for a pet is an important part of many people’s lives. The animals really are part of the family. But, like other family members, pets sometimes tend to make a mess. That’s why we give you 11 useful tips to make your home pet-proof.
1. Reduce the risk of accidents
Animals are curious creatures by nature. They like to discover the world around them and crawl up and down everywhere. That’s why it’s important to buy garbage cans and food bins that close well. You also have to be careful with luxaflex cords and electricity cables. Your pets can chew on these when their teeth come through. Tie them up high somewhere your animals can’t reach.
2. Reconsider houseplants
Houseplants attract pets because they remind them of the outside world. However, some houseplants can be extremely dangerous for your pet. More than 700 houseplants are poisonous to dogs and cats when swallowed. Take the time to investigate whether your current plants are safe for your future pet and exchange them for safe plants where necessary.
3. Create a space for your pet
In order for your pet to get used to his new home, it is important that you create a space for your pet that belongs only to him. A space where he feels safe.
Buy a basket or a crate and put some treats (a candy or a jellyfish) from here in advance. Make sure the space is completely finished before you take your pet home.
4. Buy some toys
Cats and dogs like to play with different toys. For puppies you can buy balls and chew toys and for cats you can buy a fishing rod and a scratching post. Pets discover the worlds around them with their mouths, so make sure everything you buy can be chewed.
5. Stock up on
When you buy a pet, you need some things. For example, you need food, food bowls, collars and sweets. For cats you also need a litter box and cat grit and for dogs you need a leash and poop bags. Once your pet is at home and has been given a name, it is important that you don’t forget to hang a name tag with your details on it. This way he can always be brought back if he gets lost. If you don’t want to hassle with tubes, microchipping is still an option. Ask the vet about this.
6. Close your house and garden tightly
Unless you have an outdoor cat, it is important that your house and garden are well locked, so that your pet can’t run away and then get lost. If your garden is properly closed off, you might consider installing a hatch in your duration. This way dogs and cats can easily go from inside to outside.
7. Create a playground
Pets love to play, which is why it is important to create a space for this. For example, you can make a big run in your garden, so your pets can run around in it, without having to reach the entire garden. This way, they won’t be able to destroy your plants while playing.
Cats also like to climb, so buy climbing boards or a cramped piece of furniture that they can climb in.
8. Make sure you have basic rules
Before you take a pet home, it is important that every member of the family knows the basic rules. Make sure you have rules about where your pet is allowed and not allowed to go and whether he is allowed on the couch and where he sleeps. Also make a list of tasks, so that everyone takes care of the pet together.
9. Replace your air filters
Pets lose a lot of hair and skin flakes every day. Therefore, once you have your pet in the house, it is important that you replace air filters more often. In houses without pets, air filters are changed about every 6 months. With pets, it is best to do this every 1-3 months.
10. Buy an air purifier
If you’re worried about extra hair and skin flakes, invest in an air purifier that focuses specifically on living with pets. Air cleaners can also help with pet allergies.