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Make Your Home Pet-Friendly
before Your Little Companion Enters

Simply ways of pet-proofing your home

If you are looking to buy a pet, this has likely been your dream for a while, probably ever since your parents answered you with a big “no” when you asked them to get you a cat or a dog. However, owning a pet comes with quite an amount of responsibility (which is probably why your parents didn’t let you have your pet in the first place) and properly pet-proofing your home is crucial your comfort.

Make your pet comfortable
Just as we humans do, our pets also look for comfort at home.

Durable Fabrics

It cannot be stressed enough how important going with durable fabrics is, when you get a pet. No matter how big of a fan of traditional couches and armchairs you are, you can rest assured that the learning curve for teaching your pet to do their business in the spot of your choosing will be a steep one. Those couch stains are sometimes likely to stay there, even after proper cleaning and even dry cleaning. Even if the stains aren’t yellow or brown, chances are that your cat or dog will spill undesirable liquids right in the middle of your favorite fashionable couch.

Velvet, for example, is a great way to go. In fact, this is one of the best options out there, seeing as how this is both fashionable, as well as easy to clean, taking a mere cloth sweep. Additionally, unlike linen and tweed, velvet isn’t looped, so it won’t get torn by your pet’s nails or trap pet hair.

Rugs

When it comes to pet-proofing your home, carpets are perhaps the most challenging. One choice here is to rid your entire house of carpets, but this will not only cause damage on your flooring, seeing as how carpets serve as protection for your floors, but also make it more difficult and frustrating for your pet to move around, which will further frustrate them and cause mood outbreaks.

Pets are not fond of carpets
Choose your home rugs carefully that will be easy on pets and easy to clean

Instead of removing your rugs, choose wisely when shopping for them. There are 4 tips to pay attention to, when it comes to choosing a perfect rug:

Low pile rugs These are much easier to clean

Dark colors These are a perfect choice for obvious reasons; the stains won’t show

Small patterns It’s easier to hide stains in this way

Color-fast fibers – can be scrubbed easily

Keep Them Entertained

The common reason behind your cat picking those funky bedsheets is the fact that it doesn’t have a perfect toy to play with. Dogs can make a mess out of your work paraphernalia if you don’t make a decent set of toys for them. I know what you’re thinking, “well, I did get my dog a toy and it’s still making a mess out of my home office”. Well, buying them ‘a’ toy won’t do the trick for two reasons: dogs get bored by toys easily and they won’t be impressed by just any toy.

Give your pets toys to play with
Don't let your pets get bored - give them toys to play with

This is why you need to get them a variety of toys to choose from. Nexgard for dogs is a great choice and will likely keep them entertained for hours on end. Just make sure that you get them a whole bunch – after all, dogs are much like children – they can never get enough of fun.

Create a Walkway for Your Pet(s)

Coming up with a path for your dog to use before entering your home will whisker away at least some of those nasty muddy tracks. Use different kinds of gravel here – this will help keep those stains away.

Providing a quality environment for your dog, while paying attention to keeping the stains and torn furniture at bay is a key part of pet ownership. Keep in mind that, regardless of whether you follow the outlined steps, you are bound to experience an amount of discomfort – stains will definitely happen. Make sure that you are patient and determined to teach your pet the house rules.

All above images courtesy of Pixabay

Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.

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