Happy Wednesday, friends!
Doodle of the Day
The doodle we shared this past Sunday showed the exterior of a Victorian style house, with some kitty friends to greet you. Today we're sharing the kitchen in that Victorian house. Well, that's what's going on in my imagination, at least.
We also still have this doodled up Victorian house's living room to share. Pup Astrid requested the kitchen be shared today, though, because she loves her some cookies.
Tip of the Day
We all know that the kitchen can be a dangerous place for cats and dogs. It's a place filled with potentially toxic foods, sharp objects, hot appliances as well as hot food and perhaps boiling water, and any number of other dangers. It's of course in your furbaby's best interest to keep them away from such hazards. But, what about those pets who like to keep you company, or those who have separation anxiety and can't bear to be away from you even if you're simply in the kitchen? Obviously, in order to keep a kitty or pup in the kitchen safe, it's best to keep an eye on them and to keep all dangerous items out of their reach.
How about we take the above one step further, though, and give a simple tip on how to at least try to keep your kitty or pup safe while in the kitchen? If your dog or cat enjoys being in the kitchen with you, consider setting up a safe play or rest area for them. Is there a spare corner in the kitchen? If so, perhaps place a favorite pet bed or blanket in that area, or even a cardboard box for those kitties out there. You can also bring to that designated area a favorite toy or two. Consider what your furbaby enjoys and try to use those items to keep your kitty or pup in a safe area of the kitchen should they wish to join you in there. That being said, avoid offering toys in the kitchen that can be easily thrown or rapidly chased, as this could lead a toy or furbaby straight towards a hot stove, a boiling pot of water, and so on and so forth. So, choose toys or other distractions that are largely kitchen-safe, such as chew bones for dogs or stationary interactive toys for cats. With patience and some positive reinforcement, you can even train some pups of kitties to know that they are to stay in their safe spot while they keep you company in the kitchen. Training them to stay in a safe area of the kitchen, especially when you're using the stove or preparing dangerous foods, can keep them safe and healthy. In more extreme or necessary cases, you can also consider using a baby pen or other contained area for your furbaby when they're in the kitchen while potential dangers are present.