Too often we learn about accidents that occur in the home, not only to owners but to those special residents we share our home with…our extended family…our pets. The Humane Society and veterinarians report accidents and deaths of our pets each year and sometimes those accidents could have been avoided.

It is best to do a search of each room in your house looking for hidden dangers. That lovely floral arrangement in the entry may make a grand statement but it could be lethal to your curious cat. Following are a few things to look for in creating a safe environment for all who call your house a home.

Family Room

Move plants out of reach, cover vents to prevent curious explorers, and pick up toys and control the clutter.


Look for tails and paws before closing doors and drawers. Shoestrings, jewelry and buttons could cause major damage if swallowed. Also don’t forget to discard plastic dry cleaning bags.

Office/Craft Room

Keep electrical cords and wires covered or concealed. String, ribbons and small items such as paper clips can easily be ingested by an animal.

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Kitchen/Laundry Room

Keep trash containers and cabinets closed or locked. Block small spaces where a wondering animal could get stuck. Keep foods out of reach, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and tobacco can be toxic to animals. Closing the dryer door assures that your kitten or puppy don’t find a warm place to nap Keep lids on laundry supplies.


Avoid accidental drowning by keeping the toilet lid down. Also keep cleaning supplies, cosmetics, and medications in their own storage area, not on the counter. Definitely keep the litter box covered.


Chemicals need to be moved to high places or behind closed doors. Clean the antifreeze off the floor, sound the car horn to make sure a cat isn’t sleeping under the hood, and contain and conceal tools. Walk around your house and property to check for other hazards. And remember, if there is an emergency in your house such as a fire or the power goes out make sure your evacuation plans include your pets. For additional tips check with your local humane society or veterinarian.