How to Pet Proof Your Home

How to Pet Proof Your HomeThere’s no denying that we love our furry (or not so furry) friends. They may be large, they may be small, they may be annoying as heck or our very best friends. The answers don’t matter, the underlying theme is that we want to build the best environments for them. Sometimes… our furry friends may be slightly difficult roommates; SO, here at Australian Heritage Homes, we take pleasure and pride in the advice that we give, so that the home that you live in is safe, beautiful and comfortable for all that visit. You’ve put a lot of effort into your abode, we want to be your partners-in-crime on how to keep it at its best. Here are our best tips on how to pet-proof your home:

We want to break it down by room and kitchens and bathrooms see some of the highest traffic of any rooms in your home. We recommend that you look at your cabinets the same way that you would if you were parents to a new child – that means that childproof latches are a great solution to ensure that your pets aren’t accidentally (or on purpose) opening cabinets that they shouldn’t be getting into. Again, looking at your landscape as if you have a curious child – we always think it’s the best idea to move anything like chemicals (including laundry supplies and cleaners) and medications out of reach. You can never be too careful! See any nooks, small spaces or holes behind your cabinets? It’s time to block those up, so that your pets don’t explore where they shouldn’t.

Your living room or social areas obviously are big places for your loved ones to hang out as well. Here, we get into technology. These rooms are generally where cords for televisions, music systems, etc. live. You certainly don’t want your pets getting into those – both for their benefit, and the benefit of your wallets. Let’s make sure that those dangling cords are out of reach. Bonus? You won’t have to look at them as an eyesore either. Heating or air vents should be covered. Finally, let’s talk about cleaning. We’re sure that your vacuum cleaner doesn’t quite reach every area that it should. That’s where items like string and hairbands can live. Unfortunately, cats and dogs love these items, so you should do your due diligence to ensure that they can’t find them before you do.

As far as bedrooms go, it’s completely up to you if you allow your pets to sleep with you – or if you even allow them to sleep inside the house. If you do, it’s time to prioritize laundry and most importantly for many… your shoes. If you’re a fan of apparel that involves drawstrings and buttons, know that these are very enticing for our four-legged friends.

It may sound daunting, but we happen to know that it’s worth it. We also know that the Australian Heritage Homes team is here to not only answer any questions you may have, but help design your next dream home as well.