Are you building a new home or improving an existing one and want to make it as pet friendly as possible? A house that is happy, comfortable, and safe.
Pet owners are taking their best friends’ needs into consideration during their new home projects. Let’s look at some simple tips to make your home the best place to keep a healthy and happy pet.
1. Go for Low-Maintenance Flooring
Your choice of flooring is probably one of the most important things when designing a pet-proof house.
In short, you want a floor that is hard to wear in the form of claws and dirt, easy to clean, and low maintenance. You should also remember that choosing something non-slip will make life easier for your pets.
Fortunately, there are many types of flooring that meet all these needs.
Flooring is an important factor to consider when designing a pet shelter. Laminate floors are often a great choice for those with pets because they are easy to clean, maintain, and hide scratches well.
Hard floors are generally the best, wood, tile, vinyl, laminate, and poured concrete are all smart choices. Engineered and solid wood floors are suitable for use in homes with attached animals, although solid wood floors can be sanded and polished to a greater extent than engineered wood floors. However, parquet floors have a more stable structure when exposed to moisture from wet waters.
Prevention is always better than cure, so depending on your gender, it’s best to add a pretty finish. The matte oil and wax finish hide dust, dirt and small scratches, marks and animals, penetrating the wood without leaving a thick surface.
2. Add Pet Furniture and Accessories
There’s nothing better than snuggling up with your furry family member to make the day fun, but you might not want to sleep with you (or do the couch itself). If your pet has furniture, they may want to sleep there.
Pet beds are essential in every home, but they don’t have to look dull or out of place. Find a style that complements your decor. For example, choose a comfortable pet sofa if you have an outdoor seating area with a wicker dog bed or want to entertain yourself.
Having pet furniture and accessories is a great way to keep your pet from ruining your beautiful human furniture; a tattered blanket and scratched table have nothing but style.
A sturdy post or climbing plant can prevent your cat from clawing at your new couch. Are you worried about sticking out like a sore thumb? Please choose a washable mat matching your decor and place it at the center. Leather or fabric toys are a great way to encourage your pets to chew on something instead of coffee table legs…or, worse, your new shoes.
3. Designate an Eating Area
Designating a place for your pet to eat is as important as a place to sleep. A calm and quiet place where they eat, and drink water is essential to ensure they provide complete and healthy food.
There should always be a healthy water source so they can exercise throughout the day and a bowl of food nearby. If your pet needs to lose weight, buying a food bowl that releases a certain amount of food at a time is a good investment. Be careful so that your pet does not overeat food at one time.
4. Hide All Electrical Wires and Electrical Cords
Our pets love to jump on anything and everything that happens in their locality. Keep electrical cords out of your pet’s reach while you protect your home.
You can also purchase cable boxes to store your electrical cables and other accessories securely. Because these wires are hanging, you can use a safety hook to stop them from falling to the ground.
5. Use Stain-Resistant Fabrics
Forget silk, chintz, or a hair magnet called velvet. Discover the joy of Crypton, a virtually unbreakable synthetic fabric that resists stains, odours, bacteria, and dirty feet.
Leather is a good choice; easy to clean and durable. Most leather will only scratch from Fido’s or Fluffy’s claws, but the matai adds a patina. If you see a sad problem in buying a sofa made from an animal for your pet, try the skin. It’s not harsh, it’s cheap, and it has a timeless appeal.
6. Move Medications and Vitamins to a Safe Place
The last thing you want is your sweet little buddy to lick into your medicines or vitamins. Many, if not most, of these drugs, can be fatal to animals. If you store medicines and vitamins in your kitchen or bathroom pantry, put them on a high shelf.
The same goes for toxic products. Unfortunately, our puppies cannot digest most types of human food. Everyday foods in the kitchen, such as raisins, chocolate, grapes, nuts, and avocados, can be very toxic to dogs and should be kept away from them.
7. Keep Pets Safe with Driveway Boundaries
Even with the best of intentions, pets can slip away from time to time, and it pays to make sure you’re well positioned to make sure you can pay their price for freedom.
While you may have thought about protecting your back garden’s borders, be sure to safeguard your front garden or driveway from pets.
Your driveway design should consider any vehicles you might want to store there, but pet owners should consider installing appropriate gates and fences. Choose the right height to keep your pets in their place, and if you need to get off a busy street, choose automatic doors that you can operate from your car or home.
Creating a pet-friendly home involves thoughtful consideration of your pets’ needs and safety. Remember, a pet-friendly home not only benefits your pets but also enhances the overall well-being and happiness of everyone in your household.
Do you have a pet? Please make sure they are healthy and happy with these ideas!