When people think of safety, a few things usually spring to mind: the safety of their family, their self and their home. But one much-loved item that should be on that list is the safety of pets, who even more so than young children can be expert trouble-seekers.
Help keep your household pets safe and make sure they live out their long dog and cat days with these following tips.
Make electrical cords safe
Electrical cords have become ubiquitous in households in recent years, as the number of electronic devices and gadgets have multiplied. But they’re more than just an unsightly jumble – they can also be harmful to puppies and kittens, who often chew on them and risk shock or burns. Help stop this by hiding the cords away using a cord organizer. And for lamps and other objects that cats like to pull down, try using a cord shortener.
Wipe out rubber bands
Make sure you don’t have rubber bands or string strewn about the house in pet-accessible areas. Cats in particular love to play with these objects, but if they swallow them they can cause pain and may need to be surgically removed.
Check plants for possible poison risk
Cats enjoy nibbling on houseplants. But many species of plants, such as popular poinsettia, if eaten will make them sick. Before bringing a cat or dog into your home, double-check your plants to make sure they don’t pose a risk to your pet. If your pet does eat their leaves, contact poison control.
Use identification tags
In this day and age, there are two sure-fire ways to make sure your pet can be identified if he or she gets loose. One is to get a collar tag from the local humane society, who will keep your animal’s name on file to help track them down. But in addition to this, you can also take a 21st century step – embedding a digital chip tag underneath your pet’s skin. This means that, when they’re later found, a vet or animal official can scan this grain-sized chip for their information.
Check for cats hiding from the cold
In the winter, outdoor cats can seek warmth and shelter in a car’s wheel well or even engine compartment. To make sure your vehicle is cat-free before leaving on super-cold days, try knocking on the hood and giving the horn a honk before departing.