In our modern lives, we have more and more electrical appliances that need plugging in, from phones that need to charge overnight, to juicers that get left on the kitchen bench. But with all the extra cables comes an added level of responsibility for pet owners. It goes without saying that electrical’s can be particularly hazardous to pets if left unchecked. So what are some measures that responsible pet owners can take to keep them safe from electrical hazards?
A puppy doesn’t know the difference between an electrical cable and a chew toy, so if you’re a committed pet owner what are some steps you can take to keep your furry friends safe?
Be Cord Smart
Electrical cords are one of the most obvious hazards to pets. Animals are naturally inquisitive and what may seem like a harmless claw or nibble could potentially be life-threatening. Younger pets are even more playful so they’re even more at risk, but thankfully there are some measures you can take.
• In cable dense areas, such as behind a computer, use a cable tie to bunch cords together making them harder to chew.
• Many home improvement stores sell pet proofing, which comes in the form of long plastic piping that is difficult for pets to chew through.
• Consider choosing higher quality cables with thicker more durable insulation.
• Some cables come with a non-toxic bitter agent that makes them unpleasant to taste and pet stores sell this formula as a spray that can be applied to discourage pets.
Be Conscious of Hot Appliances
If you’re a cat owner, you probably know that felines enjoy a nap in a warm place, whether that be a sunny window sill or a laptop. It’s important to keep hot electronics away from pets, for example, you could deter a feline away from that laptop by placing it on a stand or in a draw when not in use. A laptop might not be hot enough to burn, but what about appliances that generate a lot of heat, such as hair straighteners? These should be kept out of reach of pets until they cool down. Oil heaters can be particularly hazardous if knocked over, causing burns and in the worst case fires. Make sure that pets don’t rest on top of them, and supervise boisterous puppies when heaters are on. Stove tops can also present a set of challenges, so if you have a particularly inquisitive kitten, try investing in a hob cover.
Have An Electricity Free Play Room
It’s important to have a room that’s free of cords, electronics and breakables, where you can put your pet safely if you need to leave them for a period of time. Of course, it’s nice if your pet can roam free, but you never know what they might get up to while you’re ducking out to the shops.
Check Your Sockets
Make sure that appliances are fully plugged into sockets, any exposed wiring or faulty cable could cause a shock if nudged by a wet nose. Make sure that all your sockets are in proper working order, with no loose parts so you can be sure that your pet can’t get anywhere near the
insides of the socket.
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