14 October 2019

Tips for keeping pets safe outside your home

Adrian Atelj
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While owning a pet can be very rewarding, it comes with great responsibility. Looking after your pet’s well being includes ensuring the interiors and exteriors of your home are suitable, especially the backyard. If you want your pet to roam freely and safely, here are our top tips for creating perfect pet friendly spaces for your furry friend.

Managing your space

If your furry friend is a dog, consider how much space you have for them to run around. Fencing the perimetres of your property will keep your dog from wandering into unsafe areas or getting lost. It will also help a new dog learn where the boundaries are.

“Fencing is a key consideration for pet owners when buying a new house,” said homes.com.au Founder & Managing Director, Pat Carbone.

“If a property’s backyard isn’t adequately enclosed by a good quality fence with enough height, you could be up for thousands of dollars to install a new one to keep your pets safe.”

Cats kept inside sometimes attempt ‘the great escape’, as they are intrigued by the outdoors. So, letting your cat outside can be beneficial. Investing in a ‘cat run’ with plenty of space will allow your feline friend to climb, explore and relax.

To make toilet training a new pet easier, pick a designated area covered in mulch for your dog to use; and keep kitty litter areas easily accessible and tidy.

“Buying a property with more hard surfaces such as tiles and timber floors can make life easier if your pet is going to live inside,” said Pat Carbone, Chairman and Founder.

“It’s much easier to clean up after them.”

Securing your backyard

Dogs can slip through fences, so make sure they are secure by fixing any potential breaches. If your dog or cat is a jumper, ensure there are no objects near the fence for your pet to use as a platform. Cement blocks below the fence can prevent your dog from digging through.

Cat enclosures have plenty of space and will also keep your cat out of harm’s way. With any pet, it is important to ensure they can’t escape the confines of your backyard. Lots of treats, toys, affection, exercise and attention will control any cheeky escapist behaviour!

Consider the weather

Make sure your pet has a warm and dry space for their bed, whether it is a kennel, crate or a padded pet bed. It is important that you provide enough shady areas for your pet and they have access to plenty of water, especially during Summer. The weather can be unpredictable, so allow for an area in your backyard that is protected from any sudden downpours. This means your pet will be warm and can enjoy the rain from a safe spot.

Be careful of toxic plants

A surprising number of common plants are toxic to both cats and dogs, including lilies, azaleas, daphne, oleander, cycads, castor oil plants and more. Research plants before buying or ask the staff at your local nursery.

Welcoming a new furry friend into the family is a big commitment. Your pet’s health and safety is paramount, so it is important that you pet-proof your backyard. Seek a vet’s advice or consider investing in some obedience training if you need help.

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