Pet-proof your home

Common household items, anything from fabric softener sheets to citronella candles, can harm your cat or dog. Here's how to protect your animal.

Pet-proof your home
Living room:

  • Houseplants and flowers such as lilies, azaleas and tulips; go to, the Humane Society of the United States' Web site, for a list of poisonous plants
  • Electrical cords (if your dog or cat chews on a cord, it could shock, burn or electrocute them)


  • Alkaline batteries (if your animal chews on a battery, they could suffer from ulcers on the mouth, stomach or intestines)
  • Citronella candles
  • Swimming pool supplies like chlorine
  • Antifreeze
  • De-icing salt
  • Rat, mouse, slug and snail poison
  • Mothballs
  • Fertilizer and plant food