4 Tips to Pet-Proof Your Bedroom

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4 Tips to Pet-Proof Your Bedroom

Staff Writer · Jan 10, 2010

Learn to pet proof your bedroom and keep your pet safe from potential dangers that could harm your pet. Read on for tips on keeping your pets safe when in your bedroom or keeping your pet out of your room entirely.

1 – Keep the Door Shut

Although not always possible, as it may keep warm or cold air from properly circulating and make your room an uncomfortable temperature, keep your bedroom door shut as often as possible, especially when your pets are left in your apartment alone.

If your pet scratches the door, cover the bottom half of the door with a heavy plastic or wooden board to keep the damage off of the door and to increase your chances of getting your security deposit back. You might also consider caging your animal when left unsupervised and training your animal to stop scratching when you’re there to see it happen.

2 – Cover Electrical Wires and Outlets

Even if you try to keep your pet out of your bedroom, you should still take steps to pet proof your bedroom in case you accidentally leave the door open or your pet sneaks in after you without you noticing. It can take only a moment for accidents to happen.

The first step to properly pet proof your bedroom is to cover your electrical wires and outlets, as curious pets of all types are often interested in chewing or sticking a paw in these dangerous spots. Use child proof plastic electrical outlet covers and split tubing wire loom to snap in your wires and protect them with a bite-proof outer covering. If possible, tuck the cords away (in tubing) behind furniture and out of easy reach, but try to keep your cords from tangling, which is a fire hazard.

3 – Keep Plants Out of Reach

Some plants are poisonous to animals, but curious pets will nonetheless try to chew them, anyway. If possible, pet proof your bedroom by avoiding plants such as azaleas, ivys, lillies and caladiums at all, but keep any plants high on a shelf or on a window sill. Curious cats may still be able to jump to the plants, so try sprinkling cayenne pepper over the dirt, which shouldn’t hurt the plant but will bother the cat. You can also wrap the base of the plant with aluminum foil, which cats dislike.

4 – Use Child Proof Latches

You can keep pets out of drawers and dressers that may contain sharp or damageable objects with child proof locks. These locks usually go over two handles and make it impossible to open by pulling like a pet may do with its muzzle or paw. However, these are still easy for adults to squeeze and remove when you need to open the drawer.

If, instead of just being able to pet proof your bedroom, you decide to keep your pet out of your room entirely, be sure to provide a comfortable area for your pet to spend its nights. This area should be relatively quiet and warm. Include a blanket or a pet bed to entice your pet to comfortably lay down for the night.

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