Pet-Friendly Ideas for Your Home
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
Everyone loves pets. What’s not to love about them?
You might be a happy individual who shares a home with one or plan to do so in the future. All would agree, keeping a pet isn’t easy and needs varying extents of dedication and time (You are responsible for a living, breathing animal with feelings after all). However, if you’re keeping company with or planning to welcome a four-legged furry friend into your life, you’ll definitely have to make some adjustments. This is even truer when you are planning to let your pet inside your home.
If you want some creative ideas to help your pooch or kitty have a comfortable time indoors as well as outdoors without you having to sacrifice your convenience, we have you covered.
The right groundwork
You really don’t want to spend a fortune on wooden floors and lavish carpets, only to have them scratched and smelly at the end. Tiles, high-end linoleum, and concrete are the best flooring options. If you are using carpets or rugs, make sure they match with your dog’s fur (if you have one because they can shed a lot) and are cleaned frequently (because they will start to stink otherwise).
Following these tips means you can let your dog have free roam without you having to worry too much about messing up your floor.
Walls and furniture
If you’re letting your pooch or kitty inside, you will undoubtedly have to deal with dirt and fur, in varying levels.
Make sure your walls are easy to clean. Your choice of paint will come in handy to make cleanup a lot easier.
As for furniture, pick ones that are easy to clean and can handle scratches from those claws or paws. Opt for upholstery fabrics that can withstand the damage (not to mention the stains). Leather is a good option here because it›s easy to clean and pet-hair doesn’t cling on to it.
Having your pet indoors is not a bad thing, but letting them go rampant in the home is definitely going to cost you more than just headaches. It might not be safe for your cuddly friend either. Create environments in your home where your pet can ‘clown about’ and teach your pet where it is appropriate to do so.
Managing meal-time mishaps
Our pets can be sloppy eaters sometimes. This can easily be avoided by having some ingenuity in not only keeping the feeding area clean, but also safe from clumsy-little-you stubbing your toe on it and sending food and water flying everywhere. Be smart and creative with minimising meal-time mishaps.
A cozy nook
You might be wondering where you can make space for your lovable feline or canine to count sheep (or chase after them). A great way to maximise the space you have while creating a cozy little corner for your pet is by creating a nook or indent in the wall (with some bedding) to help your pet feel safe, protected, comfortable, and warm.
This can be done in various places in your home. Imagine a cozy little nook for your pet under the staircase or in the living room. Surely your pet can have a relaxing snooze in such a place if you accommodate them.
Think of creative ways to provide for your pet. It doesn’t matter if you’re still planning your dream home or if you’ve already built it. Making your pooch or kitty comfortable inside and out in the garden is something they will surely appreciate, and you will surely see and feel the difference.