New Pet home safety tips

Bringing home a new animal can be exciting for the whole family… not to mention the new arrival itself! All those new places to explore and investigate – but how do you keep your new friend safe in your home, is their safety something you considered before introducing them to their new environment.

On this page I hope to compile a helpful guide to the sort of things you should be considering to make the home the safe wonderful place you want it to be for your new pet. Pet Safety

We have all heard the saying “curiosity killed the cat!” and is a good point to remember when introducing these curious creatures into your home. They will get everywhere – even into places that you would be certain that would be out of reach for one reason or another.

Behind television units is a firm favourite, and of course, cats love to play with anything that looks like a piece of string – for instance, the cables in the back of your telly. Where as it is nothing more then a mild annoyance if your little darling pulls out the aerial wire – just think of the damage caused to both pet and telly if they take a fancy to the power lead instead?

There are two simple things you can do to prevent this, one, buy the specially designed cable guards to group and protect the wires, or make sure that the unit is as blocked off as possible, no gaps that may be snuck through.

There are of course other leads in the house so don’t forget to ensure these are similarly out of reach.

Windows are another irresistible draw to both kittens and puppy’s so never leave your pet in the room where there is an open window they can reach, and with kittens that means any window – even the small top windows and skylights are within jumping distance to an inquisitive kitten. This is especially important if the windows are on the first floor or higher.

Avoiding Pet injuryDogs will eat, or drink anything… including things that they really shouldn’t. They are very cute but most don’t have a lot of brains. So if you put bleach down your loo, make sure you either put the seat down, or close the bathroom door – or if your new friend is particularly mischievous, both.

Any potentially harmful scraps should be thrown away in an outside bin far away from curious noses – for instance Chicken bones, much loved by both dogs and cats, but that can splinter when cracked leaving dangerous shards that can jam in their little throats, which, even if it doesn’t do permanent harm to them, may do more damage then wished to your wallet.

Cats love warm, dark places, and will hide in the most unlikely of places, not always entirely safe. Behind boilers, in tumble dryers or washing machines… one of mine used to sneak onto the embers of the coal fire if the guard wasn’t in place – and as she was black, the first clue we would get was the scent of singed fur.

If you have a loft, be sure to keep the hatch down, and for preference, move the ladder away – again the voice of experience talking – the big dark place is a great place to play hide and seek (ask any kitten), especially if the reason for the ladder being there is you are trying to install floorboards in the attic…

Identify these places and limit unsupervised access as much as possible. If they do take to sleeping in tumble dryers or washing machines, always double, even triple check them before using the appliance, they aren’t always easy to stop and open once they are started and by then, if your unfortunate pet is in there, it may be too late.

Cooker tops are another potential hazard to cats, save burned paws by teaching them while they are young not to jump on the kitchen sides, or have something over the burners when not in use, like a glass top, or the burner covers. Even better set the rule of “No pets in the kitchen” to be sure of keeping them out of harms way.

Another helpful tip is when clearing up pet mistakes – don’t use bleach – as this ammonia based product makes the new pet believe someone else is trying to make a claim on their territory and they will continue to use this area as a toilet in an effort to re-establish their dominance over this mystery intruder.

All this is may seem to be simple common sense, but trust someone that learnt the hard way – it is the sort of thing easily missed in the excitement of a new pet. I hope that by reading this, both you and your new pet can enjoy a safe and happy introduction to their new environment.

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