Many of our household items are often an afterthought until the need arises to use them. An assortment of cleaners to keep your home sparkling fresh, rodent and pest control to keep unwanted critters away, vitamins and medicine to keep you healthy, and even an assortment of some of your favorite foods ready to be eaten at your appetites desire.
As a pet parent though, it’s important to be aware of these common household items and consider their accessibility when it comes to your pet. What we see as nothing more than items to help with your homes upkeep, a pet may see these items as something they feel safe sniffing, or worse, ingesting.
Pets, especially well-loved ones, are often are curious, trusting, and more often than not are looking for something to eat. What you leave accessible to them could mean serious harm.
Take a look around your house and consider these items as things to ‘pet proof’ asap. Whether that means securing them safely away in a cabinet, keeping them out of sight, or placing them somewhere inaccessible to pets can make all the difference in a safe home for furbabies, no matter where they may find sticking their noses in.
1. Pest Control
Does fido run around the yard or does your feline like to stalk in the grass? You’ll definitely need to keep insecticides you may use for your backyard out of reach. These insecticides are as poisonous to pets as they are to the pests they were made to keep away. Other poisons to consider? Rodenticides, which are made to smell appealing to rodents so that they’ll consume them. Unsuspecting furbabies may fall for it too so that means keeping away cockroach, ant, and rat poison, and not leaving it out.
2. Garage Chemicals
Motor oil, anti-freeze, and gas jugs, keep your vehicles running smoothly and are often found in most households. Keep in mind that these are highly synthetic are highly toxic to pets. Outdoor pets most especially who are kept in garages during harsh weather should not have access to these items. Store garage chemicals in closed cabinets, sealed tightly, and secured from any leakage.
3. Household Cleaners
Household cleaners usually come with a warning indicating not to ingest or to breathe the cleaner in a poorly ventilated area, for good reason too. Bleach, toilet cleaners, heavy duty detergents, and disinfectants are all hazardous to our health and are considered poisonous. The same goes for you pets. Keep these cleaners organized in an enclosed area, ready to be brought out for each use, and not out in the open.
4. Human Food
Chocolate, avocados, grapes, raisins, nuts, onions, garlic, chives, yeast dough, and alcoholic beverages are delicious for us pet parents, and probably too for furbabies, the only difference is many of these types of human food are toxic to pets.
While we’re sure every pet parent is well aware of the foods that you cannot give you to your furbaby, they should also be aware to not leave these foods out or in accessible areas that your furbaby may sneak a bite of.
No matter how repulsive garbage may smell to us, our endearingly strange furbabies are often drawn to it, likely because garbage is a source of leftover food. Unfortunately, garbage is a breeding ground for bacteria and a dumpsite of indigestible items that you certainly wouldn’t want your furbaby sticking their nose in. To keep them safe from eating rotten food, indigestible plastics, chemical residue, and sharp glass or metals, segregate your garbage accordingly, and keep them securely in sturdy closed garbage bins.