Fortify Your Railings
If you think having railings on your balcony is enough, think again! Railings can be dangerous if not dealt with right. A pet of practically any size can get his/her head stuck in between the railings. The odds are that the pets won’t pull a stunt like that, but you want to be prepared in case they do try to stick their head out. This is the first thing you need to pet-proof on your balcony.
Lining your railing with mosquito netting, plexi-panels or any privacy panels should do the trick. Just make sure they are chew proof, so your pet does not end up biting or scratching through it. Having such fortifying panels in place will also shield your balcony from those uncertain stormy winds, especially if you have a tiny cat or dog. You want to make sure they remain protected from these harsh winds when they are out on the balcony.
Consider a Collar Bumper
If you cannot get your railings fortified, or if your little daredevil keeps chewing through them, you may want to get him a collar bumper. This can be attached to the collar of your pet. The collar bumper has stuffing inside that will bump them back to safety if they try putting their head through any space.
It may take a while for your pet to get used to it, but they will eventually. So make sure you’re there to supervise till your pet gets used to having it around.
Remove Poisonous Plants
A simple way to pet-proof your balcony is by keeping your outdoor greenery in check. If your balcony has plants placed around, you may want to check if they are okay in case your pet decides to snack on them. Especially for dog owners, since dogs tend to eat whatever is in front of them. Make sure you are not growing any plant that is poisonous for your precious pet.
If fact, you may want to do your research and see what plants are pet friendly. There are many resources online that should be able to help you decide the right pet-friendly plants for you to grow on your balcony. This way, you will have nothing to worry about when you leave your pet out on the balcony.
Store Away the Chemicals
You may think you don’t leave chemicals lying around on your balcony. But think again! Do you leave behind your fertilisers, sprays and additives for your balcony garden? Are they at a place that your pet can easily reach? If they are, make sure you move them or create a safe storage space for them away from your pets reach.
When not paid attention to, pets tend to go ahead and play with whatever they find. And you certainly do not want them to get their paws on something that might harm their health.