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Pet-Proofing Your Home: Bathroom

Next up in my pet-proofing series: the bathroom. This is a door that many pet owners (myself included!) choose to keep closed. Bathrooms can present a slightly different, additional risk for pet owners... the risk of embarrassment. I remember eating dinner at a friend's apartment in New York when, all of a sudden, I looked over, and her dog had brought us a lovely present he fished out of the bathroom trash can. Charming. She was understandably mortified about this gift and, the next time I visited, I noticed her mini, flip-lid trash can.

To learn about the common bathroom risks for your pet,

  • Paper products. So, it's not just about presenting garbage at the feet of strangers, some pets even eat paper – and other surprises – from the trash can. Other pets love to pull paper off the toilet paper roll or even chew and claw the spare rolls. If you feel that the paper products in your bathroom present too much of a temptation for your furry friends, use my simple solution: keep the door closed.
  • Laundry. Some pets will fish socks and underwear out of the hamper to scatter throughout the apartment, chew on any soiled clothes, or even decide to crawl in the hamper for a nap. Make sure if you do have a hamper, you keep it closed, and consider the type of lid. You don't want kitty to jump on top, fall in, and get stuck!
  • Toilet. I'm guessing you have a toilet and, if you also have a pet, please keep the top lid down! Regardless of the amount of fresh, natural spring water in your pet's bowl, many of them just want a taste of that toilet water. And, if you are letting them kiss you... well, that's a problem in my book.
  • Chemicals. Also present in the toilet are dangerous chemicals, especially if you've used those toxic blue tablets. But, even if you just store drain cleaners in the bathroom, keep them out of pets' reach. Also, be careful about any surfaces that pets could be licking or chewing – not only for the cleansers you use on them, but poisonous lead can often be found in paint, linoleum, and caulking compounds!
  • Small items. I've found teethmarks on a lip gloss tube from devilish North, so please keep makeup out of reach! Once again, be careful with any small, shiny objects that may fall to the floor... you don't want to wait 'til your earring emerges from the other end!


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vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
I have to close the door when the garbage can is of my dogs chews on feminine products.
mollywog mollywog 9 years
When I got my latest cat, George, I had to get a laundry hamper with a lid instead of just using the basket like I used to. I had invited a couple of my co-workers over for dinner one evening and when we got here, there were several pairs of my undies and a couple socks all over the living room floor!!
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't keep any chemicals or products out where my cats can get them. And the toilet seat is always down. My cats don't take things out of the trash thankfully...the only thing they're interested in in the bathroom is the shower! They love to get wet!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
PetSugar as I read that story about your friend I could only think of one picture: :ROTFL:
minhoca minhoca 9 years
homer ate an entire (new) bar of lever 2000 (whole) when he was about a year old. i simply can't buy it anymore. not the bar, not body wash, he'll lick the tub after i shower to get the taste. til this day he checks the soap dish for it.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
My cats love the bathroom, too...seems like a common thing even though I think it's weird! One of my cats is obsessed with my ponytail holders...I used to have them in a drawer in a little thing on my counter, but now I have to put them up high on a shelf because she kept opening the drawer and fishing them out. We'd find them under other closed doors (pantry, laundry room, etc.) or even under their litter box, plus they would be covered in cat saliva from them chewing on them. Our cats are weird, but we still love them! :)
lms lms 9 years
My cats tend to follow me into the bathroom whenever I go in. One of them lies on the side of the tub and waits for me when I take a shower. He likes to drink from the toilet also, so I have to stop him. I have gotten my husband to put the seat down, but closing it everytime hasn't happened yet.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
my kitties like the toilet, so all lids must stay shut...otherwise my little one tries to take his hairties to the potty after he feeds and waters them!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
my dog doesn't touch the trash but he does love the cold toilet water so we make sure to keep that closed
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 9 years
my dogs dont really come in the house but when they do they go in the bathroom. they never do anything in there, they just walk through to the other room
chipjimi chipjimi 9 years
My cat liter box is in the bathroom so I have to leave it open. I can't stop the cat from playing in the bathtub though. He likes to sit under the faucet and get wet.
sashak sashak 9 years
Besides, we live in an old house & if you shut the bathroom door completely it will stick. People get trapped in there all the time!
sashak sashak 9 years
We have a flip-lid trash can for that very reason! We leave the door open. Both of my pups, but especislly Bodhi likes to come visit me when I'm in the bathroom. She even sits on the bath mat while I'm in the shower!
Cole Cole 9 years
We now have to keep our bathroom door shut as of this week. Duncan, our boykin spaniel, decided that he liked to hang out in the bathtub, and we couldn't figure out why. The other day I went looking for him after he was MIA for too long. I found him in the tub, and there were teeth marks in my husband's Irish Spring soap. Luckily he didn't take an actual bite out of the soap, but he definately tasted it.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I was wondering that too, ash! My kittens will even get into the shower with me while I'm taking a shower. I can't explain it...
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
My kitties adore the bathroom! They are always in there...especially if we are. My Cliffy Poo likes to sit on the scale while I'm doing my business. Odd. Anyhow, the only thing I do is make sure that my Flat Iron is put away and the toilet lid is closed. Other than that they do okay in there.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
What is it with kitties and bathtubs!?
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
When we first got Roxy she actually ate my husband's shaving razor. He called me up at work and says "I found 3 of the 4 razors, I don't know what happened to the last one." That was the day I really questioned his potential as a responsible parent! I worred so much I called my dad and asked him to check on her to make sure she was still alive. A year later, we still haven't found that fourth razor!
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
My dog don't touch anything like that but I've decided to close my bathroom cause I only consider that it's not her place! ;) This is the room where I take shower, walk bare foot... so I want this place totally clean, just for me! ;) Selfish... I know... :oops:
ALSW ALSW 9 years
We only shut this door during the night. Both kitties are pretty good about not doing anything totally embarrassing or utterly irritating during the day. But at night? They like to play with the belt on my robe and I can hear them, so we just keep it shut. Plus, they love to play in the bathtube for whatever reason. No fear or water whatsoever. Honestly, the worst thing that they do is just knock everything little on the sink off the sink. But we do make sure to keep the toilet lid closed and I don't let them explore under the sink either.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I only have a kitty so I keep my bothroom door open. She loves playing in the bathtub for some reason!!! She'll spend hours in it playing with a strong or something. When i get ready, she likes to come and lay on the counter too and keep me company.
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