Welcome to Part 2 of our “Apartment Pets 101” series! If you missed our first post, check it out here.
Now that you’ve moved into your new home, it’s time to “pet proof” your apartment. This is especially important when first moving into a new place, and your pet will most likely want to explore, and might get into areas that they shouldn’t!
Did you know that some foods are toxic to your pets? If you usually leave fruits or food out on the counter, make sure you keep the following items out of paws reach:
- Macadamia Nuts
- Coffee grounds
Know where your cat is before using appliances such as your stovetop. If your cat likes to be around you, they may jump onto the hot element, so it is good to know their location before you start your cooking.
Try to keep small objects out of reach (twist ties, batteries, etc.) so that they do not become a potential choking hazard for your furry friend.
If your pet has figured out how to open cabinets in your kitchen, consider using childproof latches to keep them closed, especially if you are not at home to keep an eye on them during the work day.
Also, consider using a gate to keep your pet out of the kitchen when in use. This is great when you are cooking and don’t want your four legged friend catching any scraps on the floor, or while you are cleaning to keep them away from chemicals.
Try to keep items such as floss, medications and cleaners off of the counter. Consider tucking these items away in a cabinet, or storing them in an organizational drawer to keep them out of reach.
Also try to keep the toilet lid down. Even if your pet does not usually drink from the toilet, take precautions in the off chance that she/he does. Your pup may become sick from drinking the water that may have been mixed with harsh cleaners.
When you are not home, consider keeping your bathroom door shut which will help to keep your pets away from additional hazards.
Bedroom & Living Room
Bedrooms and living rooms may seem like a safe enough area for your pets, but it is always a good idea to take precautions!
Try to keep your small accessories out of reach (jewelry, hair ties etc.) like you would in the kitchen or bathroom.
If you do not want your pet on your bed, consider putting their crate or bed in your room, so that they can remain close to you, but have their own space. If you don’t want your pet lying on your furniture in the living room, consider using a couch cover or a throw for convenience.
If your pup is chewing your furniture, or if your cat is clawing at your couch, ensure that they have items to keep them occupied. Reinforce your pet’s behavior by giving them something to chew/claw so that they do not turn to your furniture. Rope toys or boredom breakers are great for dogs as they tend to keep them occupied, and kitty climbers are perfect for your cat to climb and scratch!
Consider leaving a towel and rug at the front door for when you come home after a walk. Nothing is worse than dirty paw prints all over your floors! Additionally, consider using rugs to help protect your flooring from your pets paws and nails.
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Be sure to check back next week for “Apartment Pets 101 (Part 3 of 3): How to Adjust Your Pet to Your New Apartment” for more ideas for living the pet-owner lifestyle!