ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Animal Care & Safety

Practical Pet-Proofing Tips For Your Home

Updated on July 16, 2013
jpcmc profile image

I'm a dad, husband, and Christian first. The rest is just life's add-ons: an educator, administrator, learning & development professional.

Pets need a safe home.
Pets need a safe home. | Source

First of all, why do you need to do this? The simple answer is to protect both your pet and your home.

Basic animal care says that you should provide a safe home for your pets. However, this should not come at the cost of ruining belongings or endangering your health. Pet proofing your home will ensure that you, your stuff and your pet are kept safe.

But pet proofing is more than just putting a leash on your feline or canine friend. Pet proofing your home need not be expensive. In fact, you don’t need to make major changes at all. Here are some practical pet proofing tips you can do for your home.

Bedroom Pet-Proofing Tips

There are pet owners who allow their cats and dogs in their bedroom. Protecting yourself and your pets in the bedroom can be done using these simple tips:

  • Keep all fragile items in drawers – don’t let your pet just spill your expensive perfumes
  • Use childproof locks and latches to secure your cabinets and drawers
  • Secure everything that might fall on your pet – or on you
  • Secure electrical wires – some pets use this as chew toy

Kitchen Pet-Proofing Tips

The kitchen is a place where a lot of damage can be done. So here are some kitchen tweaks that you might want to consider:

  • Use trash bins with cover – those with latches are better
  • Install latches on pantry cabinets
  • Put cleaning chemicals in airtight containers, then store then in cabinets

Pets need space.
Pets need space. | Source

Living Room Pet-Proofing Tips

If you allow your pets in the house, the living room will be one of the most common places you’ll see them. As such, animal proofing your living room is essential.

  • Organize electrical wires and phone wires – use plastic ties or even plastic moldings
  • Secure decoration on shelves using double sided tape or similar products – you may even want to tie the whole shelf to the wall
  • Use outlet covers
  • Cover air conditioning vents – hardware stores have different vent covers

A poll for pet owners

What pet do you have?

See results

Bathroom & Toilet Pet-Proofing Tips

Pets don’t really have anything to do in your bathroom or toilet. So if they venture there on their own, chances are it’s not to take a bath. Before curiosity causes havoc, pet-proof your bathroom immediately.

  • Keep your medicine cabinet closed - get a medicine cabinet with latches
  • Use toilet seat covers that are heavy enough to prevent pets from lifting
  • Use cabinets to store your bathroom items

The basic idea is to secure everything that might fall or break. Likewise, you need to close and latch every door or drawer that they may go into. Lastly, make sure that they don’t eat items that might harm them. Pets are curious. Moreover, they may not know what is dangerous for them. So take the initiative to protect them.

Many safety equipment and materials can be bought from your local hardware store. Some pet stores also offer pet-proofing products. It’s just a matter of finding the right supplies and installing them.

If you really love your pets, it is not enough to let them into the house. In fact, this is just doing half the job. Instead, provide a safe environment for them by implementing pet proofing strategies. Proper animal care is making sure that you consider all hazards and trying to eliminate them. By doing so, you ensure the safety of your pets while protecting your home.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • jpcmc profile image

      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      My pleasure AliciaC.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the useful ideas for pet-proofing a home, jpcmc.

    • jpcmc profile image

      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      hi there jacqui2011. Thank you for taking the tme to read and commenting on the hub. Justin, my pet hamster also broke free. He created a "nest" behind the washing machine. Another time, he actually went into our bedroom and stayed on our headboard. My wife and i were startled the cold nose sniffing at us.

      Btw, make sure you get a cage that is not painted using toxic paint. Hamster like to chew on things as you have experienced. Toxic paint can be dangerous for the pet - as well as electrical cords.

    • profile image

      HubTub 6 years ago

      My pleasure, jpcmc!

    • jacqui2011 profile image

      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      A very informative and interesting article that everyone should read before taking a pet home. My daughter's hamster broke free and chewed through some wires which were at the back of a cupboard (for safety!) Luckily the hamster was unharmed, but all the wires are now in safety sleeves. Voted up and useful.

    • jpcmc profile image

      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      hello hub tub, I guess my pet cat is more manageable than yours in the toilet. :)

      Nice to meet another animal lover!

    • profile image

      HubTub 6 years ago

      Excellent article! I do have to disagree with what you say about pets having things to do in the bathroom. My cats attack the toilet paper roll and wind it down into a heap on the floor. I guess I need to find a TP cover. ;) An up vote from me...animal lover that I am.