If you’ve got a pet at home, you probably recognize some or all of these situations: wiping nose prints off your monitor, trekking to the Apple Store to replace an $80 chewed up power cord, or cleaning the keyboard of cat hair. Instead of building up resentment toward the furry friend you share your home with, use these tips to be proactive about protecting your tech at home...
- Watch out for your screens. One of my most devastating pet + tech disasters was when two overzealous cats knocked my tablet off the coffee table and onto my hardwood floor. My screen was destroyed. A good case is a no-brainer for traveling with your tablet, but it's pretty important at home as well. A wrap-around case that covers your screen is your best bet for avoiding a similar mishap and consider covering devices with a screen protector.
- Protect your cables from claws and teeth. How did Apple manage to make so many power cords and cables that are exactly what dogs and cats want to chew on? Electrical tape is a great, although not very attractive, option for covering your cables up. A decorated cable cover is great for cords that are stationary and run across the ground. Bitter apple spray or other no-chew sprays can help, but it's hard to cover the whole area to protect without damaging your electronics.
- Control the dander. Litter, furballs, cedar shavings, whatever — pets bring the dust and dander that can be harmful to your electronics. A great air filter and a Furminator can help quite a bit. Washing your pet and your hands regularly will also do wonders.
- Keep your things put away when not in use. This one’s so obvious, but with all this said, the best habit I’ve developed living with cats for the last several years is just to put away my laptop, tablet, cords, etc. when I’m not using them. Out of sight is just about the same as protected where pets are concerned.
An automatic motion-detecting compressed air deterrent can help keep curious pets away from areas you'd prefer to keep pet-free.
Pet owners: what tips do you have for living peacefully with tech and pets?
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