They say that having a pet is like having your own child, but with lesser responsibilities. But regardless, raising a pet is as equally tedious. You’d want them to grow up in an environment where it is safe, secure, and full of life. Thus, we adjust our house for a more proper surroundings for these little (or big!) furries.

 

 

But like kids, our pets can be hard to manage at times—running and circling their way around the house, chewing literally everything they can get their mouths on, the list goes on. It can be frustrating to arrive at the end of the day, tired from work, only to find chaos and a guilty pet lounging at the foot of your bed. But this scenario can be easily avoided, if you know how to properly pet-proof your home!

 

Pet-proofing works differently for everyone, but the basic measures can be instantly mounted and established inside the household. Take one weekend to focus on this task and you’re well on your way to less disarray and a more well kept space.

 

  1. Keep or toss out harmful items. The number one rule is to be organized with all the stuff inside your house. Avoid having your pets accidentally playing with or chewing with dangerous pieces. Store medicine, cleaning substances, and the likes in their respective cabinets after use, relocate easy-to-reach fragile furnishings, purchase non-toxic indoor plants only, and cover cords and electrical wires. Prevention is better than cure!

 

  1. Close it! Whether it’s the bathroom door to steer clear dirty paw prints on your shiny tiles or your garbage bag that your pet loves scavenging leftovers from, securing these openings goes a long way in maintaining order in a house with a pet. Close the window, especially in rooms on the higher levels, to prevent pets from accidentally falling, close the fridge and cover food on top of the table to hinder them from stealing treats, close cabinet doors where they can rummage through your personal stuff, and close your front door to block them from escaping the house. You may also install locks, baby gates, and latches for security!

 

  1. Create a pet space. Make room for his ‘territory,’ so to speak, and train your pet to recognize his personal spot inside the home. Doing this hampers the possibility of further wandering in wrong places that could turn into a disastrous scene. Leave his favorite toys in this zone and have him fed and watered here. You may also potty train him here, using the Four Paws Wee Wee Patch Indoor Potty, especially for younger pets who’s still trying to familiarize themselves in your house. Before you know it, your pet is comfortable staying still in one place!

 

  1. Minimize escape routes. A pet gate will help establish the entrance and exit in your furry friend’s mind. Patching up gaps and crevices avoid a possible run off, so make a regular round check around the house to settle what needs to get fixed ASAP.