How to Pet-Proof Your Kitchen or Bathroom

If there’s somewhere in the house Fido or Fluffy shouldn’t be (like the kitchen or bathroom), chances are they’ll make their way to it.

So before they find more trouble than they know what to do with, here are some preventative measures you can take to ensure your kitchen and bathroom are pet-friendly.

Think like a pet

To know what your pet sees, you’ll need to take a puppy’s eye or kitten’s eye view of things.

Which means….yep, you’ll need to get down on all fours to take a look around.

You may be surprised at what you find when you get down there, like:

  • Choking or strangulation hazards like cords or cables
  • Nooks or crannies your pet can get caught in (like spaces between the counter and floor)
  • Climbing opportunities where your pet can access elevated areas (like countertops)
  • Trashcans with loose lids that your cat or dog can open and get inside of

 For people, these are obvious things to avoid. So we don’t normally give them much thought.

For pets, these are obvious places to explore. And that can lead to disaster.

So it’s best to get down on the floor and explore your home from your pet’s point-of-view.

dog on the toilet

Bathroom safety tips for pets

If possible, try to keep pets out of the bathroom. Cats, dogs and toilets just aren’t a good combination.

However, if your puppy or kitty does make it into the bathroom, make sure you’re prepared by taking care of the following hazards:

  • Keep the toilet lid down especially if you use chemical toilet bowl cleaners
  • Safely store all medications in cabinets away from places where pets can easily access them and make sure you periodically check the floor for stray tablets or pills
  • Place locks on cupboard doors because if they are even slightly ajar, a cat or dog can nudge them open and reach the cleaners or chemicals you may have stored in them

The best way to pet-proof your bathroom is to simply ensure the door is closed at all times. This is particularly important when you’re not home.

That’s because pets (especially dogs) will express their loneliness of anxiety about being home alone by chewing stuff up. In the bathroom, that can be a messy – and dangerous – proposition.

cat in the kitchen

Kitchen safety tips for pets

Unlike the bathroom, it may not be possible to keep your pet out of the kitchen at all times.

This means that, if when they do make it to the kitchen, make sure they aren’t exposed to the following hazards:

  • Rubber bands and strings are prime choking hazards (even if cats like to play with them), so it’s best to keep them out of reach
  • Decorative plants like a poinsettia (think Christmastime) can make your pets very sick, so keep them out of the kitchen (or any room)
  • Keep plastic bags out of reach as curious cats and dogs may try to play or chew them up and end up choking

Top kitchen toxins

Whatever you do, make sure the following items are absolutely inaccessible to your pet:

  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol (sugar-free gum)
  • Grapes/raising/currants
  • Coffee or tea (caffeine)
  • Fatty food scraps
  • Onions/garlic/chives
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Alcohol
  • Table salt
  • Bones
  • Unbaked yeast bread dough
dog eating chocolate

Keep your pets safe

We love pets and as a pet owner, you do too.

And we’re only happy to provide you with these handy tips to keep your pets safe in your kitchen or bathroom.

If you have any questions about transforming your kitchen or bathroom – to something that’s more modern, stylish (and yes, pet friendly), we want to hear from you.