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Creating A Pet-Friendly Living Space


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Here are some tips for making your home or apartment safe for your favorite animals.

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Creating A Pet-Friendly Living Space

  1. 1. STAY ORGANIZED Loose cables, cords or shoelaces can be too inviting for cats to ignore, so bundle them or tuck them where they can’t be tugged. Also try to keep loose papers or other chewable items out of harm’s way. They could be a choking hazard. AVOID TOO MANY KNICK-KNACKS Small decorative items such as vases and picture frames can get knocked over and fall onto pets’ heads. If you have a rambunctious or curious pet, limit the number of items you keep on shelves and tables. COVER VENTS AND RADIATORS Central heating registers and vents can be dangerous for smaller animals, so make sure to cover them. If your apartment has a radiator, put a cover over it to keep your four-legged friends from burning themselves. LOCK UP HAZARDOUS MATERIALS Leaving medications, cosmetics or household cleaning products out is a bad idea when you have pets. Always keep these items safely stored in cabinets or closets when not in use. COVER YOUR FURNITURE Replacing furniture is a hassle, especially when you have a smaller space. Pet-proof your couches and chairs with deterrent sprays or cover them to prevent scratching and chewing. GIVE THEM SPACE Creating a little area especially for your pets may help discourage them from getting into your belongings or hogging your furniture. Set up a bed, scratching post or climber in one corner and your dog or cat should be more content. BE THE GATEKEEPER If you just can’t keep your furry friends out of your bedroom, office or other important areas, don’t be afraid to put up gates. Putting a barrier across the door may be enough to discourage your pet from invading your personal space. PAY ATTENTION TO PLANTS Potted plants are great for adding life to your house or apartment, but do your research first. Some houseplants can be toxic to pets, who may not be able to resist nibbling on them. D O W N T O W N A PA R T M E N TC O M PA N Y. C O M Choose Wisely. Live Stylishly. Creating a PET-FRIENDLY LIVING SPACE Here are some tips for making your home or apartment safe for your favorite animals