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  • 14th December 2011
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Pets for Christmas!

Planning on having family and friends plus their pets stay this Christmas? For those of you who don’t have pets of your own and are entertaining someone who’s bringing theirs with them, here are some helpful hints on how to ensure you’re prize possessions stay safe while the pet feels at home.
1. Organise
It’s worth planning ahead when it comes to your possessions. If you don’t want something knocked over, played with or covered in fur, make sure it’s safely out of the way. If you don’t have any extra room or have packed away special breakables, Big Yellow Self Storage can help keep your things safe from a little as £7 a week. It’s also best to keep shoes, boots, and bags out of sight to avoid pet teeth marks imprinting on your favourite pair of shoes or handbag.
2. Proofing the Christmas Tree
Cats and dogs can often get over excited when around new people and in a new environment. To protect your tree from jumping, tail wagging and knocking down, make sure your tree’s foundation is firm. Perhaps think about placing your tree in the corner and securing it to the wall with fishing wire. Think carefully about the ornament placement on your tree. It’s best to move precious breakable ornaments up to higher branches, ensuring they won’t be knocked down and broken.
3. Close Doors
Pets can be very curious creatures, especially in a new environment. They’ll likely try and get into every nook and cranny while exploring your home. If there are certain rooms you want to keep off limits, make sure the doors are shut properly and can’t be pushed open by a dog or cat. If that’s not possible, your next best option would be to buy some child safety gates that are sure to keep them out. You can also store valuables and breakables in these rooms as a way of protecting any glass or crystal you may not wish to the animals to get their paws on!
4. Electric Shocks
Within each room, make sure there are no cables or cords for animals to get tangled up in. Not only will this keep the pets safe but it will also stop them from causing damage that can occur by the pet pulling the cord too strongly.
5. Not-so-healthy Foods
Everyday snacks, such as nuts and grapes, can actually be very harmful to dogs. Other foods such as grapes, onions, raisins, macadamia nuts, baker’s chocolate, and caffeinated products are also known to be toxic. Watch the dining table to make sure pets stay clear of the lovely food you’ve been slaving away all day cooking and baking. Poinsettias are a popular plant around Christmas time and while they’re lovely to look at they can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested in a large dose. Move common houseplants that may be poisonous out of reach. Don’t forget hanging plants that can be jumped onto from nearby surfaces.

The smallest task can help make sure your home stays clean and chaos free while providing a pet friendly environment for your family or friends’ animal. Go to www.bigyellow.co.uk to find your nearest store if you need some extra space this Christmas