The living room is a default place for everything: toys, games and discount books. Make sure you put everything away in its proper place and there will be less for a puppy to chew on or a cat to knock off a table. Anything loose is a target for our furry friends. Tie up any cords or wires for electronics. Move houseplants high enough that a puppy can't dig in them and a cat can't feed on them. Cover any furniture you want to last. The damage from cat and dog claws can be tremendous and costly to repair.
Cats and dogs eat everything and anything; including poisonous items. Keep any kind of chemicals, cleaning solutions and medications locked up and out of reach of pets. Childproof latches can be helpful to keep even the most curious critters out of the wrong cabinets. Keep garbage cans in a cabinet or use cans with lids to keep pets out.
Cats love to find water and dogs will drink water anywhere they see it, so keep the lid on the toilet down to prevent them from consuming any harmful chemicals or bacteria. Keep medications out of reach of pets. There are a number of household items that can kill a cat and acetaminophen (Tylenol) is one of them.
If you want to keep your shoes safe and your dog healthy, keep anything that belongs on the floor behind closet doors. Buttons, shoelaces and strings can cause intestinal blockage in animals if they're swallowed. Some animals are capable of eating much larger items like underwear, so as a precaution, keep laundry out of sight as well.
Many holiday decorations have met their fate at the paws of the family pet. To avoid that, keep gifts and decorations off the floor where dogs can get a hold of them. Move the Christmas tree away from tables and chairs and anything else a cat can use as a launching pad to get to the top of a tree. Tape up loose cords and wires to a wall, so tiny paws can't get tangled in them or be tempted to use them as a chew toy.
Cats love dark places, corners and nooks; anywhere they can hide, they will find, but you may not be able to find them. Block off any small spaces or crannies a cat can fit in. Cats also need to scratch. If you're not careful they will destroy most of your furniture. To keep them happy, a scratching post will provide a place to get their scratching fix. That will draw them away from the furniture, but not forever. Cats hate tape. To stop them from scratching couches and chairs, put double-sided tape on the areas of concern and your cat won't go near them. Cats hate the smell of citrus and dogs hate the taste of it. Making a homemade spray for your more precious items might prevent your pets from turning them into chew toys.
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