3 Tips to Pet-Proof Your Bathroom

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3 Tips to Pet-Proof Your Bathroom

Staff Writer · Jan 9, 2010

If you’re lucky enough to be allowed a pet in your apartment, you’re going to have to take the steps necessary to properly pet proof the place. The bathroom is a key room to watch out for, as it’s full of items that pets could wreak havoc on, with a just of notch of curiosity and mischievous determination. Focus on storing items out of pets’ reach and eliminating unnecessary frills that will bate the chewing or scratch-happy pet.

1. Enclose Trash

Once your bathroom trash is in the can, you want it to stay there. Dogs and even cats don’t always feel that way. When they’re home alone, they’re looking for ways to keep themselves occupied, which often involves a good deal of rummaging and digging in places you don’t want them. To keep your furry friends from chewing and strewing dirty tissues or worse, moving them across the rest of the house, be sure to keep trash out of their reach.

Many pets can be deterred by a lid, so definitely look for a trash can with a top that closes, rather than the open, pail-style bathroom garbage can. Some animals are a bit more determined to get to your trash, though, so extra steps might be necessary. To combat the pet who seems willing to dig through anything, keep your bathroom trash in a bag and tie it away inside a cabinet.

2. Stow Away Chewables

When you’re away at work, many pets choose to express their loneliness and anxiety by chewing through belongings. This problem is ever worse in the bathroom, where chewed-up items can create an especially big mess or hazard. Keep tissues storing up high to where they can’t pull them apart. For cats who climb over counters and high surfaces, this might mean stowing them away in cabinets or keeping them enclosed containers.

Don’t leave anything out that could create a poisonous hazard if tapped into by your furry companion. Pets can also chew through plastic bottles to get through lotions and other toiletries, so be sure to keep those out of their reach as well. Many apartments come with built-in with toilet paper holders that are low enough for pets a get hold of. You may want to install a toilet paper holder high enough that pets can’t get to it and unravel the roll across your entire room.

3. Choose Carpets Properly

Many choose the bathroom to test out colors that they wouldn’t be able to use anywhere else in their homes, especially as far as bathroom rugs go. If you’re a pet owner, this freedom might be curtailed when choosing the fabrics to go in your bathrooms. Pets can track in additional dirt, grime and bodily substances, so a light or white bathroom rug definitely isn’t your best bet. To keep the room from showing unnecessary dirt and grime related, choose rugs in dark, solid colors. For dogs that like to chew and cats that like to scratch, avoid overly frilly rugs, unless you want their contents strewn across the bathroom floor.

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