How Pet Owners Can Puppy and Kitten-Proof Their Homes

by Lisa Fimberg on December 4, 2020

When one of your customers purchases a puppy or kitten, it is such an exciting time for them.  They have so many decisions to make from naming their new bundle of joy to getting the right supplies and food.

However, before they even bring their new puppy or kitten home, it is equally important that they safeguard their home for their new pet.  Just as infants are curious and love to explore, kittens and puppies are no different.  This can lead to them getting into things that might be dangerous or harmful to them.

Below are some tips to help pet parents’ puppy or kitten proof their homes:

Cords and wires should be covered:

All cords and wires should be covered with sturdy cord covers or tucked away.  There are some deterrent sprays available that can be used on power cords or cables.  Puppies and kittens love to chew anything and everything, and electrical cords can be very dangerous.

Trash cans should be secured:

Puppies love the smells that come from the trash can (and some kittens like to explore there too) which is why it is important that pet owners secure and cover them.  Puppies and kittens could eat something they shouldn’t, swallow a bone or even get their heads caught in a plastic bag.

Purses, backpacks, or gym bags should be out of reach:

Puppies and kittens love to snoop in purses, backpacks or even gym bags.  There are many things that pet parents might keep in their bags that could be a potential threat to puppies and kittens.  Most pet owners know the harm that Xylitol has on pets which is in most sugar-free gum and some candies.  Even loose coins and some hygiene products can be hazardous to kittens and puppies.

Medications and vitamins should be in cabinets:

Pet parents should keep all their medications and even vitamins or supplements in cabinets away from curious kittens and puppies.  There is a reason why medications are safety capped.  As dangerous as they are for infants and small children, human medications tend to be the most common source of poisoning to pets each year.

Some houseplants are poisonous to kittens and puppies:

Pet parents should be mindful that some houseplants can be toxic to puppies and kittens.  At the very least, nibbling on plants can cause digestive issues in puppies and kittens.

Household cleaners, detergents should be in cabinets:

Any type of detergent, glue, yard chemicals or even household cleaners should be kept away from puppies and kittens.  Antifreeze, during the winter months, can be particularly poisonous to puppies and kittens.  Any spills that might occur should be cleaned as soon as possible to prevent a puppy or kitten from licking them.

Doors and windows should be closed or watched:

Curious kittens and puppies will run out the door if left open.  Baby or puppy gates can be set up in areas that might be dangerous or vulnerable to puppies and kittens.  Crates are great for puppies to help them understand their limits and to keep them safe.  STORE TIP:  Provide plenty of information to new puppy owners regarding the use of puppy crates.

Small items and sharp objects should be put away:

It is easy for any pet parent to forget to put some of the small items away that puppies or kittens might swallow.  Rubber bands, paper clips, even hair clips and jewelry can be swallowed or destroyed.  Kittens, in particular, love to play with hair bands.

Sharp objects such as scissors, razors, tools, and knives should be out of reach and stored away.

Puppies and kittens are very curious creatures and want to explore the world and pet owners’ homes.  By keeping an eye out for anything that is potentially dangerous or toxic, pet parents can keep their new furry family member safe and healthy.

If your customers have any questions about what might be hazardous to their new puppy or kitten, our agents are happy to help!  They can answer any pet care questions your customers might have.  Contact our Success Team ( to learn more about this or any of our services.

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