When you think about home security, there are a lot of questions and concerns of address—what sort of alarm system is best? How much do we want to spend? What happens if a burglar makes it in, how do we file an insurance claim? Well, one of the things that may not immediately cross your mind but none-the-less deserves your attention is how your security system works with your animals. We’re certainly animal-lovers around here and we want to not only keep our furry friends safe but make sure that our pets are not compromising our security systems.
One of the most basic ways to keep your animals safe is to make sure your home is a safe place for them—this means that you’ve secured bookcases to walls, made sure he has a safe place to go to the bathroom and get exercise, and that the temperature remains cool enough when Fido is home alone. Additionally, all animals need good access to fresh water and adequate food. With so many animal food recall, you should make sure to stay on top of the brand of food you buy to make sure it doesn’t include harmful chemicals. Most of you will do these things automatically as responsible pet owners.
All animals should be tagged with collar IDs along with microchip IDs incase they run away and are found by strangers. This means that if they are taken to the pound, the pound will know that your dog or cat has an owner and has a way to get in touch with you. This also goes along with your protocol for taking your pet outside of the home. Whether you are taking a kitty to the vet or taking your dog on a walk, make sure they are secured properly either in their carrying case or to a leash. Pay close attention to make sure that your animals aren’t exposed to any harmful chemicals and NEVER leave your animal in a closed car or vehicle. If you have to leave your animal in the car (you should only ever do this for 10 or 15 minutes at a time given how quickly a car can heat up), make sure that you leave windows open and park in a shady cool place.
If you keep your pets inside your home while you are away from home (and have your home security system engaged) you want to make sure that you opt for a pet-immune motion sensor or your cat will likely set off the alarm!
Do you have any other good tips for responsible pet owners? We’d love to hear your contributions.