HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME PET-FRIENDLY
All staircases must be barricaded, to prevent small pets from rolling down or trying to climb up, unattended. Safety gates keep pets from running out, and keep them safe from entering potentially hazardous areas. Inside the house, sharp edges and corners of furniture that are at level with the pet need to be covered with suitable material that no harm come to pets while they romp around the house.
Skid proof tiles are best as a wooden floor without rugs or carpets are slippery when pets run on a regular basis. Pet parents need to keep several day-to-day on-goings in mind with a pet moving around the house. One must remember to keep the toilet lid shut, as pets can look in mistaking it for a water bowl. This can be poisonous, especially with traces of toilet cleaners that may be present. All- purpose household cleaners, medicines, insecticides, all need to be locked away in cabinets. Glassware, and other chewable decorative objects need to be kept out of reach of pets. Consuming any of this can seriously affect a pet’s health, and can be fatal at times. We often end up offering food consumed by humans to our furry friends, supposedly out of love. Be warned, that a lot of these food items should remain off limits for our pets. It is known that chocolate is a no-no for dogs, but the list goes on to include foodstuff that can cause our pets weakness, upset stomach, dehydration, vomiting, tremors, and, in extreme cases, kidney failure. The list includes: Avocado, Citrus, Coconut, Grapes, Raisins, Nuts, Dairy, Onions, Garlic and salty snacks. What is hazardous in our homes for our pets include common household plants. These are poisonous for dogs and we need to keep them at a height or level or an area which pets are denied access. Hence, jasmine, poinsettia, castor bean, lantana, philodendron, etc., are plants that we either avoid or keep out of harm’s way from our pets. Pet-friendly plants include bamboo and, of course, catnip. For the best advice, do check with vet.
Ensuring Comfort and Care for Pets
Its best to go in for a pet mattress or a bed for your pet with removable covers, so that they can be washed from time to time and treated for ticks and fleas. Choose a suitable size that you think your young pet will ultimately grow to. A food grade bowl for serving meals or keeping dry food for the pet and a water bowl with fresh water need to be kept close to and easily accessible.
Keep a basket of toys and chewable items near your pet’s resting area, so that it can see and play with, other than seeking out other household items to chew and destroy.
Washable pet beds and mattresses
For keeping floors clean, for lightweight dogs, hardwood floor finish is easy to clean, while for heavier dogs, ceramic tiles or another nonporous hard surface flooring is ideal.
Birdcages should be kept away from windows, as protection from the sun and rain. Similarly, aquariums should also be kept away from direct sunlight, to prevent the growth of algae, which will turn the water green. A fish tank should be kept away from that part of a house that is being painted, polished or and even during pest control treatment. The chemicals in the air are harmful for the fish. A fish tank needs to be kept in a quiet corner, away from loud noise. Electrical equipment in the tank needs to be checked routinely.
A much greater responsibility and caution must be exercised to have pets from amongst some smaller animals, as they are far more fragile creatures that have short lifespans. Therefore, owners need to be guided by their Vets and set their homes to offer maximum safety to these fragile little creatures we love.
Tend to be active at night. Low 2” bedding to allow for burrowing behaviour needs to be provided. Cages and bedding need cleaning and refreshing regularly. Some hamsters need to be kept in cages after 10 weeks. Female hamsters can be hostile to one another, so one must plan the grouping accordingly.
On account of their teeth growing, they need chew toys to be able to gnaw. Guinea Pigs need Vitamin C supplements as their bodies cannot produce this.
Rabbits- They are quick to learn litter box habits. They too like to chew and hide in small dark spaces. So, vents and ducts need to be sealed if a pet rabbit is let out of its cage for exercise.
Reptiles live long and turtles do for 25 years or more. Turtles can range in size from 4 inches to 80 inches. Check the species for the size before you welcome one home. Turtles also need hiding places and homes need to create the semblance of a hideout by using plants or driftwood in their habitat accordingly.