Pet-Proofing Your Home

Dog and cats (especially kittens) can be very curious. Here’s some suggestions on how to keep your companion animal safe in your home:


Use childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets

Place medications, cleaners, chemicals, and laundry supplies on high shelves

Put your recreational drugs away, we are seeing a lot of dogs that got into your pot and prescription drugs… Be smart put them up, doing this will prevent a emergency vet visit.

Keep trash cans covered or inside a latched cabinet

Check for and block any small spaces, nooks, or holes inside cabinets or behind washer/dryer units

Make sure your kitten hasn’t jumped into the dryer before you turn it on

Keep foods and candy out of reach (even if the food isn’t harmful, the wrapper could be)

Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals


Place dangling wires from lamps, DVD players, televisions, stereos, and cell phone chargers out of reach

Put away children’s toys and games

Put away knick-knacks until your kitten has the coordination not to knock them over

Check all those places where your vacuum cleaner doesn’t fit, but your puppy or kitten does, for dangerous items, like string, rubber bands, paper clips etc.

Move common house plants that may be poisonous out of reach. Don’t forget hanging plants that can be jumped onto from nearby surfaces

Make sure all heating/air vents have covers

Put away all sewing and craft notions, especially needles and thread.


Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors (drawstrings and buttons can cause major problems if swallowed)

Keep any medications, lotions, or cosmetics off accessible surfaces (like the bedside table)

Keeps sanitary pads and tampon inside cabinet, dispose in area a pet cannot get into.

Move electrical and phone charger wires, out of reach of chewing

Be careful that you don’t close your kitten in closets or dresser drawers

And look out for paws, noses, and tails when you shut doors behind you or scoot chairs.

Look as if your pets are a 2 year old child and keep things put away, you will keep your pet safe and you will enjoy your pet even more.

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