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Just like a curious child, pets will find a way to cause mischief around the house and can possibly hurt themselves in the process. Providing a safe environment for your pet is important in both the house and the yard to eliminate any potential dangers. This process is very similar to baby proofing your home, without breaking the bank or taking on an additional responsibility of additional unwanted debt.Kitchen and BathroomKitchens and bathrooms harbor a variety of lethal chemicals like cleaning supplies and medication; along with dangerous sharp objects that your pet could get into. Pet proofing these two areas of the house is imperative and probably the most likely place pets can accidentally harm themselves. Use childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets.Place medications, cleaners, chemicals, and laundry supplies on high shelves.Keep trash cans covered or inside a latched cabinet.Check for and block any small spaces, nooks, or holes inside cabinets or behind washer/dryer units.Make sure your kitten hasn’t jumped into the dryer before you turn it on.Keep foods out of reach (even if the food isn’t harmful, the wrapper could be).Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals.Living RoomYou may look around the living room and find there isn’t much to pet proof. But again, many house pets, especially younger ones, are inquisitive by nature and will investigate, sniff, chew and play with every square inch of the house. Consider the following:Place dangling wires from lamps, VCRs, televisions, stereos, and telephones out of reach.Put away children’s toys and games.Put away knick-knacks until your kitten has the coordination not to knock them over.Check all those places where your vacuum cleaner doesn’t fit, but your puppy or kitten does, for dangerous items, like string.Move common house plants that may be poisonous out of reach. Don’t forget hanging plants that can be jumped onto from nearby surfaces.Make sure all heating/air vents have covers.Be cognizant of electrical safety and have up-to-date heating and air commoditiesPut away all sewing and craft notions, especially thread (and needles!).BedroomsIf your pet sleeps in the same room as you do, there will be restless nights for the pet when they just want to explore the room all night. Look around your nightstand and the walls for any low hanging objects. Here are some quick precautions you can consider in the bedroom to keep your pet safe:Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors (drawstrings and buttons can cause major problems if swallowed).Keep any medications, lotions, or cosmetics off accessible surfaces (like the bedside table).Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing.Be careful that you don’t close your kitten in closets or dresser drawers.Look out for paws, noses, and tails when you shut doors behind you or scoot chairs.GarageIf you spend a lot of time in the garage, you’ll want to provide a safe place for your pet to explore. Similar to the kitchen, the garage is home to a number of dangerous chemicals and sharp objects. Here are some prevention steps to make the garage completely pet proof: Move all chemicals to high shelves or behind secure doors.Clean all antifreeze from the floor and driveway, as one taste can be lethal to animals.Bang on your car hood to ensure that your kitten (or any neighborhood cat) has not hidden in the engine for warmth.Keep all sharp objects and tools out of reach.Many pet owners will agree that pet proofing your house will take days or even longer, because no matter how many cautionary steps taken, pets always seem to find something that you missed.