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Pet-Proofing Your RPM Apartment: Tips for a Safe and Happy Home

Hey pet lovers! At RPM Living, we know that your furry friends are family, and keeping them safe and happy in your apartment is a top priority. Whether you have a playful pup, a curious kitty, or any other adorable animal companion, we’ve got you covered with our top tips for pet-proofing your apartment. Let’s dive in and make your home a pet paradise!

Keep Hazardous Items Out of Reach

Pets are naturally curious, and they love to explore. Make sure to keep any hazardous items, such as cleaning supplies, medications, and certain foods, are well out of reach. Store these items in cabinets with childproof locks or on high shelves. Remember, what’s safe for humans can be dangerous for pets.

Secure Trash Cans

Trash cans can be a treasure trove for pets, but they can also be dangerous. Invest in a trash can with a secure lid to keep your furry friend from getting into harmful leftovers or sharp objects. Consider placing the trash can in a cabinet or pantry to keep it completely out of reach.

Hide Electrical Cords

Electrical cords are irresistible to many pets, especially teething puppies and curious cats. To prevent chewing and potential shocks, hide cords behind furniture, use cord protectors, or secure them with cable organizers. You can also use pet-safe bitter sprays to deter chewing.

Choose Pet-Friendly Furniture and Fabrics

When it comes to furniture, choose pieces that can withstand pet hair, claws, and the occasional accident. Leather and microfiber are great options because they’re durable and easy to clean. For added protection, use washable slipcovers or pet blankets to keep your furniture looking fresh.

Create a Pet-Safe Zone

Designate a specific area in your apartment as a pet-safe zone where your furry friend can relax and play without getting into trouble. Fill it with their favorite toys, a comfy bed, and maybe even a pet gate to keep them contained when you’re not home. This gives your pet a safe space and helps keep the rest of your apartment in order.

Watch Out for Small Objects

Pets love to bat around and chew on small objects, which can be choking hazards. Keep items like coins, buttons, jewelry, and small toys out of reach. Regularly check under furniture and in other hiding spots where these items might end up.

Protect Your Plants

Many common household plants are toxic to pets. Make sure to research any plants you have or plan to bring into your apartment. Keep toxic plants out of reach or opt for pet-friendly alternatives like spider plants, Boston ferns, or succulents. Your pet and your greenery can coexist peacefully with a little planning!

Use Pet Gates and Barriers

Pet gates and barriers are excellent for keeping pets out of certain areas, like the kitchen or a home office. They’re easy to install and can be a lifesaver in managing your pet’s movements around the apartment - and most are renter-friendly! Plus, they’re great for creating boundaries and teaching your pet about off-limit areas.

Secure Windows and Balconies

If you live in an apartment with windows or a balcony, ensure they are secure. Consider using pet-safe, renter-friendly netting or barriers on balconies to prevent any accidental falls. Cats and small dogs can be especially adventurous, so take extra precautions.

Provide Plenty of Entertainment

A bored pet can quickly become a mischievous pet. Keep your furry friend entertained with plenty of toys, scratching posts, and interactive activities. Puzzle toys and treat dispensers are great for keeping their minds engaged. Regular playtime and exercise are key to a happy and well-behaved pet.

Regular Maintenance and Check-Ups

Finally, regular maintenance and check-ups are essential. Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to prevent damage to floors and furniture. Schedule regular vet visits to ensure your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. A healthy pet is a happy pet!

Pet-proofing your apartment doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these tips, you can create a safe, happy, and harmonious home for you and your furry friend. At RPM Living, we believe that pets are part of the family, and we’re here to help you make your apartment the perfect place for everyone. Happy pet-proofing!

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