Creating a safe haven for your pet

Amany Abdel-Moneim , Tuesday 15 Aug 2023

Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it is also one that requires careful preparation in order to ensure their safety and well-being

Creating a safe haven for your pet
Creating a safe haven for your pet

 

Welcoming a new pet into your home is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it is also one that requires careful preparation in order to ensure their safety and well-being. 

Pet-proofing your home is a crucial step in providing a secure environment for your pet. By identifying potential hazards, securing rubbish and food, establishing pet zones, protecting cords and wires, and providing safe retreats, you can create a safe haven for your animal friend. Remember – a pet-proofed home is a happy and healthy home for both you and your pet.

Here are some practical tips to pet-proof your home and prevent hazards:

Identify potential hazards:

Walk through your home with a pet’s perspective in mind and identify potential hazards. These can include toxic plants, cleaning supplies, electrical cords, and small objects that can be easily swallowed. 

 

Secure waste and food:

Pets are often attracted to waste and food items, which can harm them. Therefore, it’s important to invest in lidded rubbish bins and secure cabinets to prevent access to harmful substances or choking hazards.

 

Establish pet zones:

Creating designated pet zones in your home helps to establish boundaries and provide a sense of security for your pet. Setting up areas for food, water, bedding, and toys can create a safe and comfortable space for your pet.

 

Protect cords and wires:

Electrical cords and wires can pose a significant risk to pets. Practical solutions such as cord covers, hiding options, and deterrent sprays can prevent pets from chewing or getting entangled in cords.

 

Pet-safe retreats:

Pets need a space of their own where they can retreat when they need privacy or a break from stimulation. Therefore, it’s important to provide cosy beds, crates, or designated rooms as safe retreats for your furry friends.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 17 August, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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