Is there any way or means to keep cats off the counter tops? I HATE cat hairs on my counters! Right now I keep all doors to the room shut - my house is 106 years old and one of the doors is a swinging - my largest can can push it open.....
As any dog lover knows, our beloved canine companions can wreak an incredible amount of havoc on a home. But it's not just dogs that we have to worry about—cats and birds are equally destructive (we’re going to go ahead and give goldfish a pass here). And just as you need to protect your kitchen from your pets, you also need to protect your pets from the dangers posed by your kitchen. We’ve put together our top tips for keeping all the members of your family safe and happy in the kitchen.
It seems like this article is just trying to make you remodel your kitchen and used pets to ***** you in. They have baby proofing items for everything. My cat I called Houdini. If her bowl was empty I would find every cabinet open in the morning and a hole in the food bag. I bought a container with a tight lid and put their food in it and put it on the bottom shelf of the bakers rack. Problem solved. When my nephew (2) comes over the knobs come off the stove and rubber bands go around the cabinet knobs and the cats go running. I can't baby proof enough he's a toucher and always finds something he's not supposed to touch. To write keep your kids and pets out of the kitchen maybe you should listen to the lady that said to keep the dog outside maybe the kids should live out there to. Kid and pets are a privilege with unconditional love and worth more than a kitchen or any material thing.
If you had a butcher block counter top, would cats eat the mineral oil or just track it all over the house?
Since I wrote this, my cat has learned how to open the kitchen cabinets. Looks like I need to move the cat food or get child-proof locks!
We have Self Feeding cats too. In our case we put the food higher up into a cabinet they couldn't get into. You may not have that option though. If it's dry food you use I think there are two good options as well -
1. Keep your cat food in the fridge or freezer. It doesn't take long to thaw or warm up to a point where the cat will eat it.
2. Get a container from your local Pets Mart, Petco or wherever you go for your supplies. I had the type that sealed with a top you turn until it's sealed. I couldn't even get it open at times once I had a good seal on it. be careful to get it sealed completely or your kitties might well be able to get it open. They can be resourceful little creatures.
My German Shepherd is always getting in the trash. Our can has a lid - she just pushes it up with her nose and goes to town. This would be helpful.
My Samoyed completely tore up our living room couch when we first had her, and they, as well as almost any dog can be really destructive when bored. I can't count the number of times we've come home to fine garbage, used paper towels (or worse yet, half of the paper towel), feminine pads (usually used) and other embarrassing items strewn across the floor, especially if I have company in tow. I'd like to be the first to invent a "lock" for the kitchen and bath trashes. I have some ideas but it would make the trash a little harder for the human to open, but it would be worth it to know your dog (or cat) isn't helping his/her self to cooked bones, g*****s or raisins, or other harmful foods. For now, I turn the trash can around so the opening is toward the wall and I put a box of about 12 old videos on top of the box on the wall side so she can't come and knock them off. Also, if I have cooked bones or something I KNOW isn't something she should have, I bag it and freeze it, then later take the sealed baggie to the trash. She hasn't figured out how to open the freezer yet but I'm sure the time is coming.
A dog that large, probably doesn't belong in rhe house....he could stand up and lick or eat anything on the counter....ugh!
Even large dogs belong inside the house. Just because they're large doesnt mean they can't be trained or don't deserve a place with their humans. Plenty of pets are destructive and size doesn't matter when it comes to the destructive potential of our pets. Should we also exclude small dogs from living in the house because they have small bladders and sometimes can't hold it long enough for their owners to let them out? Basic training helps dogs of all sizes fit better into our lives. You may not choose to own a large dog but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be allowed to live inside someone else's house.