Just like young children, dogs and cats get into all sorts of trouble and places they shouldn’t be, so making your home more pet-friendly is key to improving your four-legged friends’ comfort and safety. No home is 100% pet-proof, but this article can help you discover potential hazards and avoid mishaps with your pets at home.
Get Rid of Cords and Wires
The American Humane Association recommends moving appliance and electronic devices’ wires out of reach from curious pets that might think that dangling cord is a delightful new toy. Puppies are especially notorious for chewing on electric cords, which is dangerous to their well-being and could require a trip to the veterinarian if an injury occurs.
There are some decent ways to keep pets from chewing on power cords, but to have a truly pet-friendly home, it’s best to avoid cords as much as possible. For instance, why install a tangled mess of speakers when you can install a wireless speaker such as Sound Art instead? In addition to being completely cordless – and thus, way safer for your pets roaming around at home – Sound Art is a fully customizable canvas on which you can print your favorite picture of your dogs, cats, or other pets.
Play Music While You’re Gone
If you have dogs and leave them at home alone for a few hours at a time, then keeping them calm and avoiding destructive, boredom-caused behaviors is crucial. According to The Dogington Post, animal behaviorists have found that dogs enjoy classical music and ambient nature sounds. These music studies have spurred animal shelters and veterinary hospitals to play soothing tunes for their canine guests, and you can use this technique at home with the help of Sound Art. The Bluetooth-enabled speakers play music for up to 12 hours at a time, ensuring a nonstop flow of Bach or Mozart for your pups while you’re away.
Cats are pickier when it comes to music, PBS News reports. Feline behavioral studies discovered that cats are indifferent to human music but they still respond positively to music that matches the tempo of normal communication between cats. Use these research findings to comfort your cats with music from your wireless Sound Art speaker.
Sure, wood or tiled flooring is probably easier to clean when you have a pack of furry friends living with you, but pet-friendly carpeting is a preferable alternative to avoid claw clicking and slipping on hard surfaces. Active pets running around the house can injure themselves if they lose their footing on hardwood or laminated floors, and unless you’re good about keeping your pets’ nails trimmed regularly, the hard floor can be painful for their feet and claws. Pet-friendly carpeting is the way to go: stain-resistant (hey, accidents happen), short (easy to vacuum), and darker (conceals pet hair and old stains better).
All Substances Off-Limits
Most of us know that household chemicals (such as bleach or antifreeze) and chocolate can be harmful to our pets, but even human foods like bacon, onions, avocados, and caffeinated beverages can be potentially lethal for pets snooping around the kitchen. To make your home more pet-friendly, it’s best to lock up all household chemicals and cleaners (use a child protection lock if you have to) and either keep food items contained within a pantry or so high out of reach that your pet would never be able to reach it.
What safety measures have you implemented in your home to make it more pet-friendly? Let us know in the comment section!