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According to The American Pet Products Association (APPA) in 2016, 68 perfect of U.S. households owned some sort of pet. Of this population, there were an estimated 90 million dogs, and approximately 94 million cats. In a more recent study, over 70 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be family. Pets have become a part of our everyday life. From companionship to therapeutic support, pets are part of our homes and our families. As a result, pet training and care are not only important, but vital to the social and behavioral health of your furry friends.

The Evolution Of Household Pets

The way we view household pets and their roles in our lives goes far beyond their old school uses like herding, hunting, protection, and/or pest control. They’ve become part of our families, our livelihood, even sharing our day to day moments that mean the most. Oftentimes, they still play a large part in those traditional uses, but now more than ever, pets are becoming an extension of who we are.

Pet Free Kitchen Considerations

Although we can do our best to groom our furry friends regularly, animals by nature are more prone to carrying certain germs and diseases over humans. Whether hairless or furry, hypoallergenic or not, pet dander and fur can oftentimes cause certain allergic reactions in humans. From occasional sneezing and coughing, to more severe symptoms like rashes and throat swelling, minimizing exposure in common places within your home, especially the kitchen, will help keep you and your loved ones safe. Here are some of the top reasons for keeping a pet-free kitchen.

Accidents Happen

Cooking is stressful enough, especially if you are trying to craft the perfect meal to share with your family and/or friends. Keeping the kitchen floor clean and free from pets, toys, shoes, or clothes will keep you, and your food, out of harm’s way.

Prevention Rewards

While training your pet to stay out of the kitchen, it is important to be consistent in this discipline and not allow your pet to have any type of reward from the kitchen for their good behavior. If they are counter jumping, they are more likely to be within reach of foods that could be harmful to their health, and also higher value foods that will trigger a positive reward to their negative actions.

Sanitary Purposes

Being a pet owner has certain requirements, many of which begin with annual wellness checks and vaccinations. If these two steps haven’t been completed, you won’t be able to register your pet, as many counties, cities, and states require for ownership. This may seem unfair, but think about it as a way to ensure your pets safety, and the safety of other pets and their owners, from illness and disease. When pets use the restroom, they are at a much higher risk of infection due to unsanitary conditions and/or left over fecal matter exposure, even if you pick up after your pet.

Being a responsible pet owner is no easy task, but the return is well worth the effort. Keeping your family, friends, and pets healthy and happy is the greatest reward of all.