If you’re a pet owner, you understand that pets are as much a part of the family as anyone. Because we love our pets, it’s important to make sure that your home is safe and pet-friendly.
Take time to view your home from the eyes of your pet:
- Do they have easy access to their food and water?
- Do they have easy access to their litter box or puppy pads?
- Do they have access to natural light and a view?
- Is the temperature in the home adequate during the day? Not too hot or not too cold?
- Are there any hazards, such as exposed wires, sharp corners, and accessible household cleaners, that could potentially harm your pet?
- Does your pet have a safe place they can go to when they feel overwhelmed or tired? A pet bed, in your dog’s favorite spot, can be very comforting.
Here are some other things to consider when creating a pet-friendly home:
FLOORING for a Pet-Friendly Home
Two of the biggest concerns pet owners have when it comes to their floors is staining from accidents and scratches from claws. The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice your home’s beauty for fear of your pet’s mishaps. There are plenty of flooring options that are both stylish and durable.
Porcelain tile is the hardest and most durable tile. It comes in many styles and finishes. Many porcelain tiles even look like wood and are very convincing. Luxury vinyl flooring is becoming very popular because it is easy to install and holds up well to moisture, scratching, and denting. It also does not require grout. Area rugs with Stainmaster nylon will clean well and vintage vinyl floor cloths instead of rugs are practically indestructible.
If your home has stairs, you should also consider whether or not they are safe for your pet. Some pets fear going down steps that are wood and slippery. You can easily make your staircase more pet-friendly by adding a runner or carpeting them completely.
UPHOLSTERY for a Pet-Friendly Home
If your pet likes to climb on the furniture, there are plenty of pet-friendly options when it comes to upholstery. Using something that is stain-resistant, will give you peace of mind. Indoor/outdoor fabrics like Sunbrella are great for pets, and kids too.
If your pet likes to scratch, a fabric with a high double-rub count is best. Leather or faux leather are great options that are both durable and easy to clean. If you prefer something softer, consider Ultrasuede or other microsuede brands that feel as nice as suede, but are lower-maintenance and machine-washable.
Avoid delicate fabrics such as silk and velvet, and keep in mind that most fabrics can be treated with a Teflon coating or Scotchguard.
HOUSE PLANTS for a Pet-Friendly Home
Plants can often be an afterthought when it comes to embellishing your home, but various studies have shown that having houseplants may enhance our quality of life, such as improving air quality and reducing stress. According to the ASPCA, consumption of any type of plant can cause gastrointestinal problems for our pets, but not all of them are life-threatening. Some common pet-friendly houseplant options include haworthia succulents, Boston ferns, spider plants, parlor palms, money plants, bamboo, phalaenopsis orchids, prayer plants, and Swedish ivy.
Some of the most popular houseplants that are toxic to pets and should be avoided include aloe vera, chrysanthemums, jade plants, amaryllis’, philodendrons, elephant ears, asparagus ferns, poinsettias, sago palms, peace lilies, and English ivy. Of course, always research any plants you are considering for your home to see if it’s toxic to your dog or cat.
In summary, there are many ways to set your pet up for success in your home and make their life easier while reducing your stress. Take a few steps toward creating a pet-friendly home for your furry loved ones.