Pets become an important part of our family, but without a good routine they can quickly take a toll on the cleanliness and integrity of our kitchen. It’s important to make sure that your pet has the best life possible, and that your home remains as clean and functional as it can be, so here are a few measures to ensure that your feline companion and cosy kitchen co-exist together in perfect harmony.
 

Special Areas

Creating special designated areas for your cat will keep your kitchen space organised and functional. Consider integrating their food bowls into the side of a unit, or utilise any large spaces under countertops for their beds or litter trays (though make sure they’re clear of any food preparation areas, you don’t want to be tripping over your fluffy friends while carrying hot pans). Giving your cat their own cupboard or set of drawers allows you to keep all their essentials like food, medicines and toys in one easy to reach area.
 

Food

There are certain everyday foods that we don’t normally think twice about that are harmful to our cats, so food storage and separation is essential to make sure they don’t get their paws on anything they shouldn’t. Food such as chocolate, milk, garlic and onions are dangerous for them to eat, so keep these offending items in sealed containers and out of reach in high or locked cupboards.
 

Paw-Proofing

Probably one of the most important steps that needs to be taken when you have a curious feline running around. It’s about ensuring that your kitchen remains as safe as possible for your kitty, so this means that any low cupboards, drawers and cabinets have childproof locks to keep things like hazardous cleaning products. Remember, cats are prone to chewing wires so make sure to unplug any appliances and keep the lesser-used ones stored away. Even replacing a standalone bin and integrating it into a cabinet door can help to avoid your cat’s curious instinct to investigate its contents and scatter them across the floor, or worse, eat them.
 

Cleaning

Keeping your kitchen clean with your fluffy friend running around can be a challenge, so try and keep them out of the room if possible, especially if using bleach or other irritants as their paw pads can be particularly delicate. (Check out our post about all-natural cleaning hacks to eliminate any toxic substances from lingering in your home.) A good cleaning routine is little and often, which can help to avoid big arduous deep cleans. Laminate flooring is probably the best choice for a pet-friendly kitchen as it’s super easy to clean, and consider tiles or a good water resistant paint for the walls.
 

Safe Surfaces

Cats love to jump up onto worktops and surfaces, so it’s paramount that these areas are particularly safe. Keep any food covered, make sure any knife blocks or breakables are kept off, and anything else is pushed away from the edge and out of reach of wandering paws. This also means that your counters will need wiping down regularly with antibacterial spray. Another danger to your cat is the risk of jumping up onto a hot hob. Induction hobs are the safest as they only heat up when there’s a pan on it, and they cool much faster than other hobs. Durable work surfaces and hard wearing materials for your doors and cabinets will keep scratches to a minimum, and reduce any need for repairs or maintenance. Also be sure to read up on the houseplants you introduce to your home as some can be poisonous to pets.