According to the American Pet Products Manufacturer’s Association, approximately 63% of American households have a pet. Most of these pets reside indoors leaving their owners contemplating the best way to have a pet-friendly home while still maintaining a sense of style. Below, we’ve put together some ideas of how to make your home a point of pride while minimizing the effects that a pet can have on your furniture, flooring, walls, etc.
Flooring-Most dogs & cats are prone to some shedding so it’s important to pick flooring that is easy to clean. We recommend shying away from carpeting in heavy pet traffic areas because carpeting is harder to maintain that ceramic tiles or laminate flooring. Beware of wood flooring which can scratch though this can be minimized by keeping your pet’s claws trimmed. When it comes to cleaning your flooring, avoid harsh chemicals because your pet can absorb the cleaning substance through their paws (not to mention if they lick any spots that are not dried completely). For a pet & environmentally friendly solution, you can use a solution of vinegar & water to clean most types of flooring. For surfaces that can be vacuumed, do so at least once per week and more when your pet is shedding.
Paint Colors & Accents- For rooms pets spend a lot of time in, it can be a good idea to choose a color palate that closely resembles their fur color. Why? It will help mask the effects of shedding in between house cleanings. Colored walls, rather than white ones, are preferential because they will mask discoloration better. When it comes to choosing the type of paint, a satin finish is ideal. Why? Drooling pets and those who shake off their fur after being in the rain or tub can stain flat paint but the satin finish will allow for an easier clean-up.
Plants-Houseplants improve your home’s air quality and allow you to breath with more ease. With that being said, take care to keep plants out of your pet’s reach. Some of the deadliest plants for pets include: Hyacinth, Coleus and Holly.
Give Your Pet Their Own Space- Consider your pet’s needs when determining your home’s layout. If your pet is going to be spending a lot of times outdoors, make sure that there is a convenient place for them to be cleaned up prior to entering the rest of your house. Think of this space as a mud room for pets. Providing your dog or cat with their own bed or kennel will decrease the likelihood of them wanting to crawl on furniture.
Eliminate Boredom-In most instances, pets that chew or scratch furniture do so because they are bored. Eliminate this boredom by having toys readily available for your pet to play with. To discourage cats from scratching furniture, apply tin foil or duct tape around problem areas until the habit is kicked. Cat trees and scratching posts can also be a welcome distraction. Walks and a trip to the dog park are also good ways to blow off some steam.
Pet Food-Not keen on having your pet’s food bowl out at all times? Some cabinet makers now make dog food drawers for bottom cabinets that can be pulled out at feeding time and closed in between meals. The treats you give your pet can also have an impact on condition of your home. While raw hides may be Fido’s first choice, did you know that they can wreak havoc on your floors and furniture because of the nitrates they contain which cause stains. Kongs (a highly durable rubber toy which treats can be placed in) are a cleaner and more fun alternative.
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