For many of us, our home wouldn’t be complete without having a furry friend sharing the space with us. A wagging tail or purring body greeting us at the door is one of the best feelings in the world. However, for many, it can be very frustrating trying to keep your pets from getting into mischief in the kitchen.
Whether it’s tracking in muddy footprints, marking up cupboard doors or trying to get onto the units, pets can definitely be a frustration in the kitchen. Fear not - it’s still possible to cook in peace when you have a pet. Here are our top tips for pet-proofing your kitchen.
Train Them Well
The best way to ensure that your pet behaves themselves anywhere in the home is to ensure that they are trained to do so from a young age. Working on basic commands from the time your pet is young can help them behave properly in the kitchen area. For example, teaching them to stay, sit and get down are just a few commands that are useful in the kitchen.
Some people choose to train their pets to stay out of the kitchen completely. This can be a good idea if you are concerned about your pet getting underfoot while you are cooking, especially as this can be a safety issue to both you and your pet. For instance, when carrying sharp knives in the kitchen, the last thing you want is your pet tripping you up.
For some pets, and especially cats, training them isn’t an option. In this instance, the best thing to do is to deter your pet from displaying any distracting or mischevious behaviours in the kitchen.
You could always start by restricting your pet’s access to the kitchen, using a baby gate or keeping the kitchen door closed when you are using the space. You can also keep them from trying to get access to areas of the kitchen by using a citrus spray. Cats and especially dogs don’t like strong citrus smells, and sprays like this can be purchased in pet stores. Simply spray these on areas (like cupboard doors, near the bin, or along the edge of the units) where you don’t want your pet trying to access.
Cats getting on kitchens units is one of the most frustrating things for pet owners. Cats can be difficult to train, but shaking a tin can full of pennies anytime your cat climbs on the unit can deter them, as they don’t like the noise.
Pick the right materials for your kitchen
Making sure that your kitchen fittings are made from materials that are easy to clean and durable is one of the best ways to ensure that your kitchen is pet-proof. Choosing high gloss kitchen doors for your cupboards, for example, ensures that you can wipe away any dirt or marks that your pets may leave. High gloss doors are also more difficult for pets to scratch with claws. Also opting for handleless cupboard doors and drawers can make it more difficult for your pet to get into places you want to restrict their access to.
If you have any questions about designing your kitchen with your pet in mind, make sure to contact our team who will be happy to assist you.