Pet Proofing Your Home

brown short coated dog on gray couch

They say that a pet is for life, not just for Christmas and there is no truer statement.

Pet’s aren’t like adult humans (although they could be compared to toddlers), so to keep everything in ship-shape in your house, it’s a great idea to start pet proofing rooms in your home before your new friend arrives.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to pet proofing your home, and just when you think you have everything covered, there is always one more surprise you didn’t want to present itself. So today we’re going to be talking about the main areas to think about when it comes to pet proofing.

Let’s take a look at what can be implemented to prevent your new furry friend rampaging around your home.

How to Pet Proof Your Bathroom

Pets love bathrooms, especially cats! For some strange reason they just cannot keep out of this room, and that means there might be some items you need to secure to make it a safe place for them to explore.

white ceramic sink near white ceramic sink

Cabinets and cupboards in the bathroom could do with having child proof latches to ensure doors cant be opened by little paws allowing access to bleaches or other chemicals stored for cleaning that could be dangerous to pets.

You also need to be sure that any small spaces or holes behind fixtures are fully blocked to prevent them from getting stuck within the walls. Cats are naturally curious animals and the last thing you want is to have to pull a wall apart to rescue your new furry friend. Remember what they say about curiosity…

Vinyl flooring is ideal for bathrooms as it can be cut to specifics and cover any gaps in the flooring, as well as prevent scratches from growing claws. Plus if your kitten in training happens to have a little accident in the bathroom, it is easily cleanable without seeping through any cracks.

How to Pet Proof Your Kitchen

orange and white tabby cat sitting on brown wooden table in kitchen room

The kitchen is the domain of food for your pets as well as the rest of the family, and no doubt where their food bowls and bed will be kept.

When it comes to your bins, be sure that they are kept out of the way or securely closed to prevent you waking up to your kitchen looking like a waste site first thing in the morning.

Leftover food should be kept in a sealed container or a locked cupboard rather than wrapped in cling film, as the wrapping could be harmful to pets, and put that butter tray in the fridge at night as cats will find a way to get into it!

When clean ups are required, having specialist chemicals around the kitchen can be dangerous to pets, so remember to keep them locked away safely out of their reach. Consider Luvanto luxury vinyl flooring for this area of the house also due to its easy clean and maintenance quality, where a quick mop and brush will make sure your floor stays clean and does not stain from spilled sauces or pet food spillages.

How to Pet Proof Your Living Room

Your four-legged friends will want to scratch absolutely everything, so be sure to provide them with scratching posts if they are a cat and keep an eye of puppies who need to go outside and will scratch at the floor by the door.

Also don’t forget those tails will have a tendency to knock glasses and cups off of your coffee table and cause a lot of spills over time. Luvanto Endure Pro luxury vinyl flooring is suitable for living rooms too and is an affordable way to prevent damage that a carpet or hardwood floor would fail to recover from inexpensively.

With scratch guard technology and high stain and moisture resistance, vinyl flooring is a great choice for a pet friendly home and the great news is it can last upwards of 25 years. When it comes to welcoming your new four legged family member home, it will be a weight off your mind not having to worry about your flooring being damaged!

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Emily Brookes
Emily Brookes

Emily Brookes is an Interior Designer based in the UK. Since graduating from the National Design Academy with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, Emily started her successful blog, Emily May Designs, which shares ideas and inspiration on how to create a beautiful home.

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