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Pet-Proofing Your Home: Kitchen

Next up in my pet-proofing series: the kitchen. Food presents a huge temptation to pets, especially when it's within reach of their paws or whiffs of their noses. It's natural for them to want to smell and nibble new foods so it's up to you to make sure they can only access safe yums. To learn how to safeguard your kitchen,

  • Food. Keep pets safe by storing all food out of their reach. Never underestimate their ability to find their way onto tabletops or into cabinets. Many common foods are risky to pets, including grapes and onions, so it's best to keep any food you feel may be a risk in a cabinet that's closed tight.
  • Trash. If you threw it out, there's probably a reason! Moldy and rotting food will make your pets ill but may still be a temptation. Be warned that anything you put in the garbage can be pulled out and spread around your home, so I recommend a metal one with a flip lid. Of special danger, coffee grounds in small amounts can poison your pet, in addition to any paper towels that may have trace amounts of cleaning solutions on them!
  • Cleaning products. Read (and follow the instructions on) the labels of all cleaning products you are using in your home. Use bleach and other poisonous liquids with care. Many pets are tempted to lick the floor, and these products can cause stomach upset — a special area of temptation is directly in front of the stove as it's the most likely place for lickworthy spills or splatters.


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lawyerjen lawyerjen 9 years
My bulldog (short, low to the ground, not terrbily agile) tried to jump in the sink where some meat was defrosting for a BBQ. My cabinets are 40inches and yet she got really close to retrieving the meat from the sink!! Luckily I was there to stop her...
melody20 melody20 9 years
And how can you keep them off the table and counters? I just can´t! My hell o´kitty hears the "noooooooooo" and only jump on the table and counters when i´m not around.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Luckily everything is out of reach of my kitties. I never let my cats on my table or counters, I think that is super unsanitary.
lizflan lizflan 9 years
what kind of dog is in that picture??? CUUUUUUTE... I mean, besides the whole eating off the counter thing...
emalove emalove 9 years
My food is stored in a pantry closet and my trash is under the sink. So are the cleaning products. There's nothing harmful in my kitchen that my kitties could get at.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
My dogs have learned to open the fridge (!), so now when we leave them in the kitchen we have to put something heavy in front. We have the metal trashcan, too- definitely a neccessity with them.
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