Homeowner’s Guide for a Pet-Friendly And Stylish Space

Keeping a dog or a cat, or indeed any pet, does not mean that you need to sacrifice the elegance of your home. These 7 home improvement tips for pet owners will provide invaluable guidance on getting your house ready to accommodate a new furry companion.

  1. Opt for hard surface floors, not carpets

    Carpets soak up odors and collect pet hairs, which means they tend to get dirty easily. Opt for bare wooden floors instead. Aside from being easy to clean, a pale-colored wooden floor adds real lightness and brightness to a room, making it look more spacious.

  2. Protect your furnishings by giving daily attention to your pet

    House pets require greater entertainment in the form of toys, love and games to keep them occupied. Be prepared to give your pet all of the attention that they need on a daily basis. That way, they will be less likely to get bored and start tearing up the furnishings. Avoid buying breakable knickknacks and decorations that your pet can reach and play with.

  3. Create designated ‘animal areas’

    Perhaps your dream piece of real estate has a little corner on the side of the living room that you can use to keep your pet’s bed and toys? Perfect. Confine your pet’s activity primarily to a designated ‘pet area’ and this will leave the rest of your home looking pristine.

  4. House train your pet and use stain-resistant fabrics

    This is a must if your pet is going to be spending their time primarily inside. Whilst house training them, it is worthwhile purchasing some odor neutralizing spray, which will help you to clean up any mess quickly and to leave the area smelling fresh. Silk, chintz and velvet all stain easily and should be no-go areas.

  5. Keep your pet’s claws away from the furnishings

    There are several ways to stop your pet from scratching your prized furniture. Essential oils that repel cats and dogs are one way. Having a spray bottle of tap water and using it to spray your cat or dog whenever they start to dig their claws into the sofa will also deter them. Avoid leaving loose threads or pom poms hanging from soft furnishings as these can be just too tempting to a playful pet.

  6. Make sure your pet is up to date with their medications

    Worm and de-flea your pet regularly to prevent them from falling ill – even house bound cats can catch fleas and worms from eggs brought in on your shoes and clothing. Keep their vaccinations up to date. Always remember that a healthy pet is a happy pet.

  7. Let your landlord know

    If you are renting, it is crucial that you let your landlord know that you have a pet. Check your lease to see if there are rules and regulations concerning pets stated and abide accordingly.

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