The pet industry is one of the most profitable in the world. We buy our animals the best foods possible, we give them advanced medical care, and we even purchase presents for them when we are on a holiday or away from home. It is easy to see that most of us view our pets as members of the family.
That is why it is important to consider their needs when you are setting up your home, moving into a new home, or even designing your interior spaces. There are many ways to create a pet friendlier home, and it is a sure-fire way to make the pets happier, keep housekeeping to minimal levels, and ensure everyone is healthier and safer.
Let's consider ten tips that can make any home a place that any house pet would appreciate:
1. Consider the entrances - Do you groan in frustration when your dog or cat brings in mud, leaves, dirt or debris? You shouldn't blame them when you have an ideal opportunity to catch all of this material long before it enters the home. Consider the walkways that lead to the doors, and make sure they are abrasive enough to help scrub their feet free of most large debris. Then, be sure you use a durable door mat designed to eliminate the rest of the materials while you open the door and welcome your friend inside. You might also want to position a mat inside the door too.
2. Consider the flooring - Though we all enjoy the plush comfort of carpeting beneath our bare feet, it is a type of flooring prone to stains and to holding on to odors and debris. Unless you are comfortable doing a daily round of vacuuming, skip the plush carpets and use only throw rugs that you can wash in a machine or clean outdoors. Even better, go for wood floors or vinyl to keep everything clean and comfortable.
3. Avoid breakables - It is a simple fact of life that pets get playful, jump on surfaces you warn them to avoid, and end up breaking things. If you have treasured collectibles or heirlooms, keep them behind closed doors and away from any area a pet might inadvertently jostle or upset. Wall art and heavier objects are the way to decorate in a pet friendly home.
4. Decorate to match their look - This one may sound odd, but millions of practical pet owners have opted to use slipcovers or even upholstery and carpets that are a match to the hair on their pets. Though you do want to brush them and vacuum up hair and dander, it can make your life a bit nicer if you opt to coordinate. As an example, why have a white sofa if your dogs and cats are brown, grey or black?
5. Apply stain resistance - If you want to keep your furniture in top shape, either buy upholstered items that are stain resistant, or treat them with stain resisting formulas.
6. Give them space - A dog or cat bed, a pet play area, a pet feeding station, and a spot near an entry where leashes, towels, and even pet clothing can hang will make life easier for everyone. Additionally, making animal furniture or beds can help prolong the life of the furniture and keep your pet happier.
7. Choose paint that is semi-gloss…at least - Paint has a way of attracting marks, but some finishes are much easier to clean than others. If you would like to keep smudges and stains to minimal levels, always opt for a semi-gloss or a satin finish.
8. Reconsider the bed - You are not home all day and you are not near your bedroom for many hours. That means the pets probably spend time on the bed. Because of that, opt for machine washable bedding and covers that you can easily treat whenever there are incidents.
9. Create spaces to share - animals want to spend time with their people. As you decorate, consider how animals will respond to the furniture groupings.
10. Safety first - The home is full of devices and systems that can be dangerous to a pet. Consider fireplaces, fish tanks, wood stoves, TVs and any other items that might attract pets and cause injury, then take steps to secure these situations.
Make your home welcome to all with simple tips like those above.
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