Dogs, cats and other pets are often treated as full members of the family. Such animals, like small children, often love to accompany us in everyday activities and duties, from time to time trying to touch, move or taste something out of curiosity. How to ensure that your pet in the kitchen is exposed to as little danger as possible?
Just take care of a few details!
Remember that animals are almost like children!
This means that the security measures recommended for small children will also work for furry pets. Take care of securing household appliances, put additional locks on cabinets within the reach of small hands (or paws), protect the corners with silicone caps. A detailed article on childproofing the kitchen can be found here. (dodaj link w słówko here)
Beware of toxic articles.
Hiding various fluids and chemicals seems obvious. There are many different types of plants in the kitchen. Did you know that some plants can also be extremely poisonous to dogs and cats?
While in the case of dogs, it is enough to move such plants to a higher shelf, inaccessible to the dog, in the case of cats it becomes quite a problematic challenge. There are ways to „discourage” a cat from plants, but you can never be 100% sure that the cat will always listen to you, and a higher cat shelf is not an obstacle. The safest way is to get rid of plants that are toxic to animals from your home.
Appropriate walls and floors.
Putting on dirt-resistant walls can save a lot of stress and cleaning for pet owners. So it’s worth choosing paints that are resistant to moisture, fats and stains or washable paints, i.e. those that you can simply wash. Wallpapers that are easier to keep clean will also work well. In the case of floors, it is worth focusing on those that are easy to wash and resistant to scratches. Paw prints are definitely harder to see on dark and patterned tiles than on light ones.
If it is possible, it is worth organizing a dedicated place in the kitchen for your pet. Such a corner can be arranged under the worktop, under the kitchen island or in the corner of the kitchen. Just invest in a bed and leave some toys there, and your furry companion will certainly be interested in it, thus leaving more freedom and space for kitchen users.