Thursday, March 6, 2014

Creating a pet-friendly kitchen

Having a pet around the house is such a joy, however, as a pet owner, you need to decide whether or not you'd like to have your furry friends roaming about freely. Before making this decision, you need to understand that pets may get in the way of everyday household activities, and that some home features may be harmful to your pet's wellbeing. The kitchen in particular can be a dangerous place for cats and dogs alike.Take precaution and create a safe kitchen environment for your pets. Here's how...

Stow away knives, forks, scissors, can openers and other sharp objects in drawers to avoid unfortunate mishaps. 

Harmful substances

Some food items are harmful for pets, therefore, it is best to keep all food stuffs locked away when you're not in the kitchen. The most important foods to keep at bay include chocolate, coffee, avocados, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, onions and garlic. Some dishwashing liquids and other cleaning products may also cause harm. 

Sharp objects

The kitchen is full of sharp objects such as knives and forks. Leaving these out on display and within reach of pets can be dangerous. Stow away knives, forks, scissors, can openers and other sharp objects in drawers to avoid unfortunate mishaps. 

Small items

Small kitchen items are potential choking hazards for pets. Keep your kitchen floors clean and clear of small garbage pieces such as candy wrappers and rubber bands. Cats in particular may climb onto kitchen counters and shelves, so be sure to clear counters and other open spaces as well.

When cooking

Food preparation and cooking involve processes that may pose a threat pets. Hot stoves, scalding pots and sharp knives are things that are all part of cooking. To ensure the safety of your beloved pets, it’s best to simply shut the kitchen door when you’re cooking. If your kitchen area is not within its own room though, you may use a fence with a gate to keep your pets out of the kitchen while you’re cooking.


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