adopting a new puppy or kitten it is important to prepare your home in
anticipation of their arrival. Similar to baby-proofing a home, puppy-proofing
and kitten-proofing is needed for their safety and your sanity. Puppies
and kittens are particularly curious and energetic and don't always know
what to avoid. The first safety consideration is keeping toxins away your
pet's reach. Such items may include household cleaners, specific types
of plants, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, and substances like antifreeze.
Antifreeze is particularly dangerous to dogs and cats alike. Even a small
amount can be extremely toxic and often pets don't realize the danger.
Another safety concern is electrical chords. Try to keep chords hidden
from pets. Puppies and occasionally kittens will chew on chords creating
an obvious safety risk. Fragile or breakable items are things to keep an
eye out for. An excited puppy can knock a favorite vase off a table with
one wag of the tail. Broken glass or ceramics may expose your pet to injury
from sharp edges, and the destruction of your valuables can be avoided.
It is a good idea to keep sharp objects stored safely away from your pet.
Keep in mind that puppies and kittens don't always behave as you wish.
You may find your kitten on the kitchen counter, or your puppy on an end
table if you turn back for too long. This is another good reason to keep
hazardous items stored safely. Some time spent protecting your pet before
their arrival can greatly increase the fun and enjoyment you have with
them once they arrive.