By Bellevue Plumbing Pro

You know how much laughter and love your pet brings into your life!

You also know the extent of mischief they can create.

Sometimes, their troubles extend to your plumbing.

We want you to keep your pets safe, and prevent any plumbing emergencies. Continue reading to find out more about pets and plumbing.

Don’t Keep Your Toilet Seat Up!

Many cats and dogs find the toilet bowl appealing, regardless of whether they are trying to drink from it or play in the water.

Smaller animals are more likely to fall into the toilet. It is also important to think about what cleaning products you use in your toilet. If ingested, the chemicals could be dangerous for your cat or dog.

Remember to keep the lid on your toilet seat down!

Don’t Flush Cat Litter

We don’t recommend flushing cat litter down the toilet. Even though it is flushable, we recommend that you do not flush it. Flushing flushable litter with too many solids can cause serious damage to your plumbing and block them. Even though it is labeled flushable, septic systems may not be capable of handling kitty litter.

There may be harmful bacteria in your cat’s litter. Flushing it could even be illegal depending on where you live.

Be Aware of Fur in the Tub

Regular baths are a must for your pet. Make sure to use a strainer for your drains if you give your pets regular baths. The fur should be thrown away once the strainer has been full. If that is not possible, you could bathe your pet outside

Protect Your Drains and Pipes

We’ve already talked about cats and dogs. Even if your animals are smaller, such as guinea-pigs, hamsters or mice, they can easily get stuck in drains. This could happen even if your kitten is particularly curious!

Pipes can also pose a danger. If your pet is small, the pipes could trap it. You could also have a pet who likes to chew on the exposed pipes. This could cause damage to the pipes, especially PVC pipes, and your pet’s teeth.

Wrapping the pipes in plastic can prevent this. For pipes that are located outside, you can use plywood and then cover them with dirt. Another option is chicken wire. You can conceal pipes that are already inside by placing furniture such as a bookcase or decorative table in front.