The average home is filled with items that could potentially harm a pet. If you toss old razors into your bathroom trash can, your pet could get into it and end up with cuts. If you leave chocolate where a pet can reach it, you’re likely heading to the vet soon.
When you make the decision to own a pet, keeping them safe becomes a part of your responsibility. You should take the time to research and understand what items you have around that could hurt them.
There’s no uniform way to pet-proof your home– it varies by pet and home. To get a more personalized idea of what you can and should do to make your home safe for a pet, you may benefit from talking to an expert.
In the meantime, we’ll take you through a typical home room-by-room to discuss the common hazards found in each and suggest easy ways to deal with them.
The kitchen is probably the most dangerous room in your house – for you and your pets. You at least know what items to avoid, but animals don’t see the same risk in a hot stove, sharp knife, or indigestible trash items that you do.
The most effective way to make your kitchen safer for your pets is to make it inaccessible to them. For some pets, you can install a gate to make it impossible for them to enter the room without you letting them in – but this solution might be insufficient if you have an agile pet prone to making tall leaps. In that case, you need to attend to each of the risky areas separately.
Every man has his hobbyhorse. As pet lovers, some people love cats, some people love dogs. Dos are loyal, diligent, friendly, while cats are gentle, mysterious. In a word, are you a dog person or a cat person?
By B Hix, Dog person 100%
I grew up in a household where there were never less than 5 dogs at any time, usually Poodles. Currently I have 10 dogs. Lifetime count of dogs, unknown – but I have quite a few of them in boxes on my mantle. Currently I have 2 Great Danes, 1 Cocker Spaniel, 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and 4 Chihuahuas. But we will be losing one of our Cavaliers probably this year. She is an old girl who started to lose a lot of weight (she wasn’t over weight to begin with). Had an ultrasound done and they found a mass on her stomach. So, we are enjoying our last days with her, making sure she is comfortable.
Anonymous: Cat person. Definitely a cat person.
I find that people tend to favor the animal who’s traits they have the most in common with. For me, a cat as a pet is the best fit. Dogs are great companions that have proved to be unwaveringly loyal pets time and time again and has rightly earned the term “mans best friend”. There lots of great things about dogs that I’m sure a majority of these answers will address due to the uneven ratio of cat: dog lovers, BUT- I still gotta pick cats. Cats, in short, just don’t give a damn about what anybody thinks. They are their own master, never taking orders from anyone. They do what they want, when they want, where they want. Cats are so fiercely independent that they’d really prefer if you’d kindly leave them the hell alone so they can go do cat stuff 99% of the time. This “I need my space” thing cats have is one of the reasons so many people dislike cats IMO. I appreciate that my cat needs his space because as someone who’s comfortable being alone with only a nice cup of coffee and my laptop as company, I too need my space. My cat is also extremely loyal to me… but not really anyone else. It makes my bond with my cat feel a little more special knowing that only I can rub his belly without my hand being torn to pieces.
I can’t really say that I am one or the other. I currently have a beautiful calico-tabby, Caramel, who chose me when I was visiting my daughter last year. There were a number of kittens, but she became very attached to me from the first. She is very affectionate. But I have also had many dogs that were part of my life. For many years, I didn’t have a cat, because my father was not very fond of them. But I finally adopted a kitten from a cousin, and have since had many that were a part of my life. I have loved them, and I have loved my dogs as well. They are often complimentary.
And I have had other pets…hamsters, gerbils, and mice. I had one mouse, who I raised from birth. I named him Spot, because he was a dove gray mouse with a white spot on his forehead. I hand fed him, and he became very tame. He learned to get on top of his little house if he wanted to be picked up, I would put my hand next to the house, and he would hope into it. He would then proceed to groom me, like he would another mouse. He also would chatter away. If he wanted to be picked up, but I was too busy, he would get upset and run back and forth in his cage, stopping to glare at me. And believe me, a mouse can glare quite effectively. Sadly, he died after a couple of years. Mice are not long-lived pets. I still miss him terribly.
Just as I miss the cats that have passed on, as well as a number of dogs.
And what’s your opinion? Kindly let us know, and welcome to leave your comment.
Sleep serves many vital functions. For bodybuilders the main functions are growth and mental alertness. Sleep provides these effects directly. Without adequate sleep, time in the gym could be, to a large degree, wasted. Want to sleep better, longer, or more comfortably? With some simple changes, you can turn your bedroom into a tranquil sleep sanctuary that will set you up for the restorative zzz’s that you want and deserve every night.
Check your lighting.
Hopefully, you’ve already banned electronics (including computers, tablets, phones, and TVs) from your bedroom, since the blue light from these devices can interfere with melatonin production.
Assess your bedding.
If yourmattress is saggy, scratchy, or generally uncomfortable, or you’ve been waking up with back pain, it may be time for a new one. Invest in a high-quality mattress that’s firm, but not excessively hard. Similarly, make sure your pillows are soft enough to feel cozy, but also provide plenty of neck support. If your sheets are worn or frayed, it’s time to replace them. Choose good-quality ones in a color or pattern that you find calming and comforting. The same goes for your blankets, comforter, and duvet cover.
Keep it cool.
Being hot while you’re sleeping can wake you (and possibly your partner), especially if you get sweaty. Keep your bedroom temperature cool, ideally between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, all year long to help you sleep soundly and deeply. Consider installing a ceiling fan to keep the air circulating.
Clear the clutter.
To create a relaxing environment, keep your nightstand, closets, and dresser organized, and remove piles of magazines, mail, clothes, or other items from around your bed. That doesn’t mean that you have to go completely minimalist—it’s fine to keep some books and soothing scents within arm’s reach. Just be sure to eliminate visual chaos, which can feel stressful when you’re trying to unwind.
Having a pet is a wonderful thing. If you do have one, it can provide plenty of ways to meet new friends. The best part is, you’ll already have something in common so conversations may flow a little bit easier in the beginning..Here are some ways that can help you meet more people and make more friends.
1. You Can Meet New People at the Dog Park
If you’ve never been to a dog park, it’s definitely an experience. They bring out a variety of people, from pet owners to those who just like to watch the pooches run around and play. You get to see how people interact with their pets, which can be a telling part of their personality. Hanging out at an animal park can be a great way for individuals and couples alike to make new friends.
Some things to chat about at the park include:
The dogs! If you see someone you’d like to get to know, ask them about their pet. People love talking about their animals, so find out how long they have had it, what kind of breed it is, and tips they have for training.
Your aim is to make friends, so get a feel for how often others go to the park and how long they stay each time.
Other animal-related events. You may learn about new doggie daycares, owner events, or even other parks while there.
General questions. Ask about the best way to get your puppy potty trained, how to teach it to sit, where to buySUV cargo liner, or any other question you haven’t found the answer to yet in relation to your pet. Hanging out with other dog owners can be a learning experience that makes you a better pet owner.
2. Sit Outside With Your Dog at the Coffee Shop
Many coffee shops have outside areas where you can hang out with your pet. Make sure your dog is socialized so if a stranger walks up and talks to you, it doesn’t bark or snap. Remember, you’re trying to attract people to you, not repel them.
3. Meet Other Dog Owners at the Groomer
Some dogs do not like the groomer, so you’ll see plenty of owners trying to soothe their pet while they wait in line. This atmosphere makes people very receptive to conversation and meeting someone new. You can offer sympathy for their scared pooch while you strike up a conversation with the owner.
4. They Help You Get Out for a Walk Where You Can Meet Your Neighbors
Walking with your pet is great way to find friends right in your own neighborhood. Not only that, but you may connect with someone who wants to walk with you, giving you both health benefits and time with a friend. It’s a win-win.
5. Connecting With People Who Can Dog Sit for You
If you need to go out of town, you’ll have to either take your pet or find a reputable sitter. One option is to connect with someone you might know casually and develop a deeper friendship. You could even trade offers to watch each other’s dogs when you go out of town. This not only provides you with a new friend, but it also gives you peace of mind that your pooch is in a safe environment.
The dog park is a fun place for the dog to burn off energy, it can also help to socialize him. It’s natural for a dog to want to socialize and play with other dogs, and a dog park is the perfect setting for your dog to be able to run free without having to worry about getting into trouble. A dog park or dog run is a place where dogs can get exercise, play with other dogs, or just rest in a comfortable and controlled setting.
Spring is a mud season. Spring Rains, Spring storms can bring several inches of precipitation in just hours or can stall out over an area for days. With spring rains come spring mud, keep your dog’s feet dry and your house clean by keeping a pad near the door and perhaps in your car as well.
Spring is a good time to check and make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Dog to dog contact increases in the spring and continues on into the summer months. Your dog is exposed to more infectious diseases during this time of year. For example many veterinary clinics start to see increased incidence of kennel cough in the spring because of increasing dog-to-dog contact.
Spring for some people means it is time to plan and start your garden. Selectingplants that are safe for dogswill go a long way in preventing toxicities from occurring. Keep in mind that some dogs can enjoy digging as much as we do so avoid planting toxic bulbs such as hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and certain lilies. Fertilizers and mulch can be toxic as well so store them in an inaccessible area like a shed when not in use and do not allow your dog in the garden area.
With spring generally comes spring cleaning. Be aware that manyhousehold cleaning productsare harmful to dogs so follow instructions as posted on the label and store all chemicals out of reach when not in use.
Spring means fun times for dogs (and humans) so pick up the leash and go for a walk or hit the dog park. You are bound to notice a little spring in your dog’s steps.
Spring is here! What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy the nice weather with your pooch? Tell us in the comments.
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International Men’s Day – “It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.”
It’s valuable that women have their own day. It’s great occasion to think a little about how important they are in our life. We should be thankful for love, patient and care we get from our moms, sisters and wives. We should also express our feelings all year but in this day make their feel even more special. Why not try to give something unique? This memory foam mattress topper can make the queen feel comfortable, and sleep better, no neck and back pain.
Be kind to yourself and to others. Take a moment to reflect on acts of kindness. Celebrate them.
A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
When you’re a mom, cleaning happens because it has to. As much as you’d love to just ignore the spilled milk, cracker crumbs ground into the couch cushions, or random chocolate hand prints on walls, the mess must be dealt with — and usually quickly. One would think this would result in a sparkling clean home, but that’s not how it works. The minute one mess happens, your child has moved on to something else, leaving a continual trail of clutter to pick up. But there are a few tricks to keep things from barreling out of control.
Kitchen- do all washing up, clean sides, and mop floors and within 2hours its a tip with stones on floor (god knows where from), stains on counter top and a pile of washing up again
Bathroom- is full of mould anyway (so never looks totally clean) but when i clean it 1st person to use toilet makes it looks a mess,1st person to brush teeth leaves toothpaste all over sink
Bedrooms- tidy them then next thing clothes all over floor and just generally looking messy
Living room- don’t even get me started my dd has everything out and i mean everything but i feel harsh asking her to tidy it up when shes playing as she potters from one thing to another even when I’m breaking my neck tripping over things!
How does everyone keep up with everything? I know it should be simple but I just can’t do it
You’re not doomed to toss and turn every night. Consider simple tips for better sleep, from setting a sleep schedule to including physical activity in your daily routine.
Keep your room dark, cool, and quiet
Keep noise down. If you can’t avoid or eliminate noise from neighbors, traffic, or other people in your household, try masking it with a fan or sound machine. Earplugs may also help.
Keep your room cool. Most people sleep best in a slightly cool room (around 65° F or 18° C) with adequate ventilation. A bedroom that is too hot or too cold can interfere with quality sleep.
Make sure your bed is comfortable. Your bed covers should leave you enough room to stretch and turn comfortably without becoming tangled. If you often wake up with a sore back or an aching neck, you may need to experiment with different levels of mattress firmness, foam toppers, and pillows that provide more or less support.
Reserve your bed for sleeping and sex. By not working, watching TV, or using your computer in bed, your brain will associate the bedroom with just sleep and sex and make it easier to wind down at night.