Protecting Your Home From Pet Damage

February 22, 2021

Owning a pet comes with plenty of perks, like having comfort from the emotional support they provide, as well as having peace of mind when it comes to knowing they will alarm you if there’s an unwanted intruder in or around your home. Owning a pet also comes with a lot of responsibility, too. Besides having to water and feed them daily, there are also several tasks you will be responsible for around your home when preparing to get a pet, like a cat or a dog. Your pets will always trust and love you abundantly and know they can count on you to protect them from danger. But what about the additional steps you will need to take to protect your home from potential pet damage? To make sure you have the resources, time, and energy to give a pet the life it deserves before bringing it into your home, HH Insurance has compiled a list of six tips to protect your home from a pet’s potential damage, in addition to investing in a homeowners insurance Tampa policy. 

Exercise Your Pet Daily

Show me a bored or anxious animal, and I’ll show you a pet who chews through furniture legs and wreaks havoc on your home’s windows and blinds! For the calmest disposition, and depending on the size and breed, dogs should be walked at least once daily, if not more.

Don’t Forget Playtime

Similarly, both cats and dogs need regular play to keep their minds and bodies active, and to prevent them from taking out their anxiety on your rugs and chair legs. Purchase toys that are right for your pet’s age and size, and teach them what’s OK to play with, and what isn’t.

Take The Time To Train Your Pet

Give your pet housebreaking training and teach it basic commands. For the best outcome, make sure the whole family is on board and consistent in reinforcing good behavior. If you’re nervous about training a pet on your own, there are many classes and consultants available to help.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Just like babies, puppies and kittens can and will get into everything. Take the time to inspect your home from their viewpoint, removing any potentially hazardous items, like plants or food, and securing anything they might try to investigate, such as cabinets containing poisonous household cleaners and trash cans.

Protect Your Furniture

Whether you’re looking to cover your entire couch or just protect your furniture legs from chewing and scratching, there are many options for keeping your furniture free from pet stains and damage. You can also find sprays and other tools that discourage pets from going near your furniture in the first place.

Keep Them Confined

Crate training is popular with many pet owners, and a pretty simple way to keep your pet from destroying things when you’re not around. But even if you don’t use a crate, it can be helpful to keep your pet from having the run of the house when you’re not home by using a baby gate or simply keeping doors closed.

Tampa Homeowners Insurance Through HH Insurance

Follow these six tips to protect your home from potential pet damage, in addition to investing in homeowners insurance Tampa to ensure peace of mind. You and your home deserve a policy tailored to your specific needs, one that gives you a sense of security and protection at a fair, competitive price. At HH Insurance, that’s what our agents deliver. Contact us for a Tampa homeowners insurance quote today!