How to Protect Your Pet From Wildlife

by Sloan McKinney

Those who’ve ever had pets will agree if I say that taking care of a four-legged friend is not much different than raising a child. Of course, the range of responsibilities related to kids is much wider, but pet ownership is not that simple as it might seem at first sight. This is especially true if we’re talking about kittens and puppies who haven’t fully developed and grown up yet. Feeding, cleaning, and petting them is just the tip of an iceberg as you also need to take a pet to a veterinarian, train him or her to use a toilet, as well as keep him or her safe from wildlife. The latter point is especially true if you’re living in a single-family home in suburbs and wild animal visits are the case in your neighborhood.

Most of the people don’t even think of possible threats related to wildlife unless something happens. What is that ‘something’? Well, sometimes wild animals like might break into your apartment (attic is the most common stop) and start irritating both you and your pets. The worst part is that the reaction of neither pet nor wild animal cannot be predicted if the two meet. To avoid possible negative consequences, use the tips below.

If Possible, Close the Animal Into a Room

 

Don’t panic or make noise if all of a sudden you meet a wild animal inside your own home. Stay calm and try to think rationally. The first step you should take is separate a wild animal in a closed room. This way, you’ll take more control over it until an animal removal company arrives.

Separate Your Pets From the Animal

This point is closely related to the previous one. If possible, try to move your cat or dog or any other pet you have to another part of your house. This will ensure that pets don’t confront the wild animal and get hurt as a result. Having a wild animal inside is disturbing in its own right, so don’t make it even worse by letting your pet and wild animal see each other.

Avoid Touching An Animal Unless It’s Absolutely Necessary

 

The thing is that some animals might look perfectly harmless but become aggressive when somebody is around. This is especially true for animals with babies. One more reason why you should avoid touching them is that some animals (for example, squirrels) may not take babies back after somebody’s touch.

Make Sure to Clean Your Property After Wild Animal Invasion

 

The last step you should take is to inspect the entire home and clean it after an invasion of a wild animal. In some cases, wildlife can leave behind a large amount of hair, droppings, oils, nesting material, and so on. All these can attract insects such as cockroaches or new animals. What’s more, such smells might attract your pet and make it ‘do his business’ there. To avoid all these, clean your home thoroughly.

As a conclusion

To put it in a nutshell, the best strategy to follow is to keep calm, prevent your pet and wild animal from meeting each other, and wait for an animal control company to do its job. In nearly all the cases, the problem gets solved quite easily.