3 Minimalist Tips to Pet Proof Your Home

Pets are like toddlers that never make their way out of the curiosity stage. They get into trouble by destroying objects of value, chewing on houseplants that can harm them, and knocking over valuable keepsakes. For some people, the pet dander and hair aggravates the senses. You can get frustrated as you make attempts to keep ahead of the destruction by distracting pets from engaging in their favorite form of damage to your home. Explore the following simple tips to help you pet-proof your home and save your sanity.

Remove Toxic Plants From the Home

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Many common houseplants are toxic to pets in some form or another. Dieffenbachia, lilies, and azaleas are known to poison pets when ingested. Some cause mild reactions in the form of gastrointestinal upset while others can cause a fatal reaction if not caught in time.

You can search the internet and find more information if you’re unsure whether your plants are toxic to pets. In the event you have some of the dangerous types of plants, find a pet-free home for them or put the plants out of the reach of your pets. Hanging plants from the ceiling or keeping them outdoors if you live in a temperate climate is a good option to keep pets and plants safe.

Also notice that pets are sometimes attracted or repulsed by some plants scents. You may want to remove the ones that your pets will fall in love with or add the ones that you can admire without managing your pet’s destruction plan!

Reduce Indoor Hair Pollution

Pets of all types shed hair and dander. If not managed properly, the hair builds up along with the dander, which can cause an allergic reaction in people who have little or no allergies to pets.

Vacuum your home often and wash pet beds regularly. Change your HVAC system filters to keep pet dander to a minimum. Use pet wipes on cats to reduce dander and bathe dogs regularly to keep them free from dirt and dander. All of these habits go a long way toward making the home comfortable, smell clean, and reduce the potential for an allergic reaction among the inhabitants of the home.

Stop Pets From Chewing on Cords

This area is perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of pet ownership. Cats and dogs alike chew on cords and damage them to the point that they’re unusable. Plus, pets risk getting an electric shock from chewing on power cords. Be aware of where cords are in your home and store them when you’re not using them to prevent your pets from getting to them.

For cords that you can’t remove from general areas, the best option probably is cord covers that aren’t easily chewed on. You can also place cords under or behind furniture, and focus on exposing as little of the cord as possible. The idea is to keep the cords out of reach of the pet and not make them worth the effort to get at. No need for chemicals or too complicated buys!

Some people use common household products to prevent your pets from chewing, like Tabasco sauce on cords or a perfume that repulse them.

Missing one?

Still in need of a tip to pet proof your home in a minimalist way? My answer: Pinterest!! Simply enter “Hacks for pets owners” and you’ll find plenty ideas to completes these three simple ones!

Pet ownership can be wonderful, but pets sometimes work hard to find ways to unintentionally destroy your home. The tips above can help you enjoy living with your pets without making major sacrifices to ensure their safety. You can breathe more easily knowing that they can’t get into trouble when you’re not watching them.

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