If you have a dog or cat at home, you may have found that the amount of stuff you collect as a pet owner can be overwhelming. Your animals require important items - everything from kennels and beds to leashes and food. If you have found that your pet supplies are quickly taking up too much space, you may want to consider a self-storage unit. At Affordable Family Storage, we can provide you with the perfect storage options. Today, we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of pet item storage. Keep reading below to avoid some common pet supply self-storage mistakes.
Do make sure your pet kennel is broken down to take up as little space as possible. Kennels are some of the largest items that pets need. However, the majority of kennels can be disassembled when it is time to place them in self-storage.
Don’t place your pet kennel in self-storage if you are planning on traveling with your pet soon. Not only is it more comfortable for your pet to stay in their kennel, but allowing your pet free reign in your vehicle is a major safety hazard.
Do thoroughly clean your pet beds before placing them into self-storage. Pets are notorious for carrying around pests in their fur, especially pets that spend time outdoors. These pests can easily move from your pet’s coat to their bed. Placing a pet bed into self-storage that has not been cleaned threatens the integrity of your other items in storage.
Don’t wrap your pet supplies in plastic. While it may seem like you are protecting your pet’s items from dust and dirt, you are also trapping any excess moisture. Moisture in your self-storage unit can lead to mold and mildew. A better idea is to wrap the items in cloth-material to allow airflow while still offering protection from dust and dirt.
Do choose a climate-controlled self-storage unit. While most pet supplies are designed to be sturdy, moisture and extreme temperatures can still damage your items while they remain in
your storage unit.
Don’t store your pet’s food in a storage unit. It is a bad idea to keep anything perishable in storage. While dry food may seem like it will last, it is still perishable and should not be kept in storage. In addition, pet food will attract pests to your storage unit. Best to keep your pet food sealed in your home.
If you are interested in renting a self-storage unit for your excess pet supplies or anything else, call Affordable Family Storage today. Our state-of-the-art facility offers climate-controlled units and 24-hour security. You can rest easy knowing your items will remain safe and sound.