For many of us, our pets are a member of the family, but the kitchen bin is just one area of the kitchen where our furry pals can create a real mess in our homes. There is nothing more frustrating than coming home from work and finding that your kitchen is in chaos. So, here we have some tips to ensure that your kitchen is pet-proofed to keep your home tidy and your pet safe.
Consider Proper Food Storage
Cats and dogs can be Houdini like when it comes to finding food in the kitchen. Whether it is dinner left on the countertop or a sweet treat on top of the fridge. Not only is your pets getting into human food frustrating, but it can also be potentially dangerous. There are some foods that can be extremely harmful to your dog or cat. For example, chocolate, onions, garlic, avocado, grapes, and even xylitol can cause serious damage to your pet’s health. So, it is crucial that you consider proper food storage. You should ensure that food is not left out on your worktops and any potentially harmful items are kept securely stored inside your cupboards. If you have a very crafty pet that has figured out how to open cabinet doors, you may need to upgrade to handleless doors or install childproof locks, so they can’t be opened.
Choose Wipe Clean Finishes
When considering new kitchen materials, you need to think about easy clean. Paw prints, splashes, and dirt can easily compromise the look of your kitchen cabinets, so it is best to opt for glossy doors that can be easily wiped clean. Don’t forget that you’ll also need flooring that is easy to clean, but that looks great. While white tiles can look fantastic in magazines, they will show every bit of fur and muddy paw print. It is also a good idea to use water resistant paint that will allow you to wipe clean your walls when Fido returns from a walk and shakes dirty water all over the place.
Conceal Your Bin
The bin is like a treasure trove of exciting items for your dog or cat. While you may think it is merely a receptacle for food scraps and rubbish, to your pet it is somewhere to dig around looking for something tasty. Fortunately, you can avoid the frustration of coming home to find your bin contents strewn across your kitchen floor by concealing your kitchen bin. A pull out bin keeps everything neat inside a cabinet while allowing you easy access to get rid of any scraps when preparing a meal. You can even install your pull out bin underneath your prep area, so chopping boards can be scraped straight into the bin to avoid further mess.
Finally, if you want to pet-proof your kitchen, you need to provide some form of entertainment for your pet. If your cat or dog doesn’t have any toys or activities when shut in your kitchen, they will go looking for something. So, when your pet is left in the kitchen, ensure that there is a box of toys, a climbing tree and a few treats to keep them occupied.
If you want to update your kitchen to ensure it is pet-proofed, you should speak to us. We have a variety of solutions including pull out kitchen bin options, and our team would be delighted to answer any queries or questions.