Furnish your home and outdoor space pet-proof

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Are you expecting to welcome a dog or cat into your household soon? Then you can ensure in advance that your home and outdoor space are as pet-proof as possible. This ensures a safe and pleasant living environment for your animal.

A safe home for your dog or cat

In the first place, of course, you want your pet to be safe in its new living environment. You may need to make some minor adjustments at home for this. Before you welcome your animal into your home, be sure to take inventory of this. An accident is just around the corner. Moreover, if your pet soon lives with you, there is a good chance that you already have your hands full taking care of and playing with your new roommate.

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This is how you make your home pet-proof

  • Beware of poisonous plants! Not all plants are equally safe for your new roommate. For example, dieffenbachias, philodendrons and lilies can cause nasty situations if your animal accidentally sinks its teeth into them. On the LICG website you will find a handy overview of poisonous plants for your pet. You will also find more information about poisonous plants for cats in the following article. Make sure that these plants are in a place that your animal cannot reach, or even better; take them away.
  • Do not leave food lying around: We may love chocolate every now and then, but for dogs, the theobromine it contains is deadly. Therefore, do not leave sweets lying around the house. And be aware that other foods can also contain toxic substances for pets. In addition, be careful with glasses of wine or beer; alcohol is very dangerous for your animal. You also keep bones of meat away from your animal. Cooked chicken bones can shatter and cause damage to your animal’s mouth.
  • Placing stair gates: Don’t want your animal to come up? Or are there areas where, for example, toxic substances are stored? For your dog it can help to place a stair gate. Cats sometimes want to jump over this.
  • Be careful with cables: If your dog or cat sinks its teeth into a cable, it can have dangerous consequences. It is therefore preferable to neatly hide cables with a cable duct.

Is a dog coming to live with you soon? in the blog ‘A dog-friendly home’ you will find all kinds of practical tips to prepare your house for the arrival of your animal.

Or will you soon be welcoming a cat or kitten? Then you can prepare for the arrival of your animal with the help of the article ‘Tips for a cat-friendly home’

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A safe garden for your dog or cat

Maybe you have a nice garden or a nice terrace or balcony and you want your pet to be able to enjoy it too. Then it is necessary to ensure that your outdoor space is a safe place. It is best to demarcate a balcony at a height or a terrace and garden along a busy road for cats. This prevents them from unexpectedly ending up in a dangerous situation. You can do this, for example, with gauze or by stretching a protective net. Cats are fast climbers so don’t place containers, trees or chairs near the fence. It can also be safe for dogs to fence off the garden, especially in the case of a garden along a busy road or if your dog is a ‘runaway’.

Pet proof - demarcate garden
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Here’s how to make your garden pet-proof:

  • delineate: As mentioned, it is wise to mark off a part of the garden to prevent your animal from ending up in dangerous situations. If you have a lot of space, a large run – especially for cats – can also be a good solution. Another option is to put a harness on your pet.
  • Poisonous Garden Plants: There is a lot of greenery in the garden. This creates atmosphere and is also good for the environment! However, some garden plants can be toxic to your dog or cat. Therefore, also check whether the plants in your garden are safe for your pet.
  • Shadow spots: Temperatures can sometimes rise sharply on beautiful summer days. Then we like to spend our time in the garden. Delicious! However, it can also get too hot. Your pet can then overheat. Therefore, make sure that there are always shady spots where your animal can seek out the coolness. In addition, always prepare drinking water for your animal and change it regularly.
  • Clean up: Be careful with poisonous things such as weed killers. Also make sure that your pet cannot reach the waste containers and keep the garage door closed. Did you eat outside? Also clean up the leftovers. These can be dangerous for your animal and can also attract vermin.
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A nice place in the house for your pet

We have already talked extensively about how to safely furnish a house and outdoor space for your dog or cat. But besides being safe, it’s also nice if it’s a bit of fun for him! You can do that little bit extra to make your garden or house a nice place for pets. For example, dogs love to dig, but you probably don’t like it when this happens in the middle of your beautiful border. You can therefore give your dog a sandbox or a demarcated area in the garden where he can enjoy himself to his heart’s content. For cats it can be a joy to explore the garden. Provide adequate incentives. Indoors, too, there are plenty of things you can do to make your pet happy. For example, cats love hiding places and climbing opportunities. Therefore, make sure there are enough hiding places, preferably in height, and a nice climbing furniture.

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5 x these things you must have at home

To make it as comfortable as possible for your animal, we have a number of extra tips for you. Your pet will soon feel completely at home with these items.

  • A basket, crate or other place where your animal can sleep or retreat.
  • Toys and other products to stimulate your animal and meet its natural needs.
  • Healthy and tasty snacks that you can spoil your animal with every now and then
  • Food and water bowls (also for outside).
  • A litter box for the cat.


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