Taking Care of the Ones you Love
Pets play an important role in many households and are an important member of the family. If you have pets, would you know how to protect and care for them in bathroom? Without advance planning and proper action, they could become unintentional victims.
Just like children, many pets whether they are cats or dogs frequently follow their owners into the bathroom and can sometimes even get upset if you close the door before they can run in after you.
Others will wait patiently outside the entrance and may occasionally stick their paws under the door or scratch on the door while you use the bathroom. This is not usually a problem unless you forget that they are there and trip on them when you leave the bathroom possibly harming them or yourself in the process. Here are some tips on caring for your valued pets.
If you leave the bathroom door open while you shower, don’t be surprised or startled if your pet, out of curiosity or want of companionship, pushes the door open to check up on you. It should go without saying that you should not use harmful chemicals in the toilet since dogs as well as cats sometimes drink out of the bowl.
Use green or pet friendly bio degradable products to clean your bathroom. Cats are the curious playful types and love to play with swaying or moving toilet paper. One way to curb this habit is to get toilet paper holders that partially enclose the roll and keep it stabilized so that the paper does not attract any unwanted attention.
Cleaning chemicals and other hygienic sprays and creams are normally stored in the vanity cabinets below the sink, keep these areas closed and secure at all times so that a curious pet does not go snooping and unknowingly sample a dangerous chemical.
Garbage bins should be preferably stored in the vanity behind closed doors to prevent spillage and possible poisoning from the residue of throw away containers. If you must store your garbage can on the floor, try to get one with a wide stable base, a pop-up lid if possible and store it in an out of the way not easily accessible place such as behind the toilet.
If your pet is young and does have an accident on your bathroom mat, “Your-in-Control” a pet and bathroom deodorizer has enzymes that digest the cause or the odor at the source, whether it is urine, vomit, or sweat. It is biodegradable and 100% natural.
If you do store your pets litter box or food in your bathroom, just make sure there is plenty of room for everyone so you’re not tripping over your best friend if you both need to occupy the same space at the same time.
And keep the door open at all times so that he or she has access to their food and water and the bathroom facilities, unless you want them to become impatient and do their business elsewhere in the house.
Almost Half of Pet Owners Share Their Baths
When you have young pets in the house, keep toilet lids closed because you don’t want anyone jumping up on the bowl and falling in. When filling the tub close the door behind you or keep your eyes open for the little rascals, they do have a tendency of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. You don’t want them scalding themselves accidentally.
It should be noted here that 47% of American pet owner’s bathe their pets in their bathtubs or shower. Installing pet hair screens on your drains so they won’t clog and putting in a non-slip tub mat will reduce injury to yourself and your pet.
Last but not least, mounting a hand-held showerhead will make reaching those hard to clean spots on your pet easier and will make bathing your pet a much more pleasant experience.
And don’t forget to include storage for pet shampoo and cleaning supplies such as brushes and combs. Keep an extra set of towels handy or purchase a pet dryer to safely dry off your best friend.
Just as an afterthought, it is always good to keep emergency veterinarian numbers handy in case of an accident or natural disaster. In case of a natural disaster and you have to leave your pet behind the bathroom is usually a good place to leave your pet until you get back.
Just make sure there is plenty of food and fill the tub or sink with water or leave the toilet lid up so Fido has an ample water supply. High counters will allow your pet to escape floodwaters and try to keep your cats and dogs separate because their behavior may change during an emergency situation.
And don’t forget when you are putting together emergency supplies for your family, include supplies for your pets as well, such as extra dry food, sturdy containers, kitty litter, and large self-feeders and water dispensers as well as medical supplies.
Many people treat their pets like any other member of the family and have opted to share their personal bathing space with their four legged friends. And with a few changes you can make your bathroom a safe and enjoyable space for both you and your extended member of the family.