Next up in the pet-proofing series: pets and technology, a particularly sensitive subject for yours truly. Back before Mac laptops came with easy-off magnetic power cords, North made a flying leap off my bed and, with his back paw, my laptop also took flight before slamming shut on the hardwood floor!
Recovery and repair were out of my price range so, several hundred dollars later, I replaced the hard drive altogether… bringing my old one home in a sealed bag. To save you the same heartache from home-office accidents, I’ve got a couple of tips that I’ve learned the hard way. To start pet-proofing, it makes sense to get down on your pet's level. You may feel silly, but you can get a necessary perspective of what he could likely find to “investigate.”
To see the rest of my pet-proofing advice,
- Large Objects. Secure objects that are heavy or easily moved. Lucky for me, North wasn’t harmed in the laptop adventure, and keep pets safe by making sure large objects are secure. Bookcases should be attached to the wall so if kitty takes a leap or pooch takes a slide, it can’t come down on top of them.
- Small Objects. Keep dangerous items out of reach – that includes small supplies that could be sharp or pose a choking threat as well as office cleaning goods. Shiny objects are appealing, and there's only slight difference between a pencil... and a stick!
- Cords. Cords can trip up both you and your pet. Make sure your cords are gathered together and secured to the floor or wall. Use cord covers (like CritterCord) and consider adding a natural, anti-chew spray with an unappealing smell and taste.