How to Design a Pet-Friendly House
Whether you already have a pet and are looking at ways to make your home more animal-friendly, or if you are considering getting a pet but are worried about what they may do to your home, it can be helpful to know how to design your house so that both your pet and your property remain safe and intact.
Thankfully, there are several ways to ensure that your home does not descend into chaos with the arrival of a new pet; from choosing the right flooring, to hiding loose wires, to removing any toxic items that could potentially be deadly to your animal.
Keep reading to discover all of the above and more.
Choose hard flooring
If you are getting a puppy or a kitten, or basically any young animal, you are likely to experience a lot of little accidents as you attempt to litter train your pet. Therefore, carpets are not the best idea, unless you want to be on all fours scrubbing every other day to try and remove the potent smell of cat urine.
Instead, opt for hard flooring such as tiles or wood laminate. It is not recommended to invest in real wood as your pet may scratch this very expensive flooring material. Although, if you do insist on having real wood floors, ensure that you take your pet to Heart + Paw veterinary who offer pet grooming services.
Opt for darker colours
Unless you want to be investing in a bucket load of stain remover, it can be a good idea to choose soft furnishings and home accessories such as blankets and cushions in darker colours rather than in white. You may favour the minimalist, monochrome look, but this is a terrible idea if you have a pet, especially a dog who will think nothing of jumping on your sofa straight after running around in the garden.
Conceal all cables
Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit or rodent, you need to ensure that all your electrical cables are either hidden or sufficiently covered so that they cannot be chewed through. You should be able to buy a cable protector from most hardware stores that will make it impossible for little teeth to chew through your wires.
Hide any toxic items
From toilet cleaner to chocolates, house plants to alcohol, it is crucial that you keep any items or substances that are either toxic or poisonous away from your pets. House plants that are known for being toxic to animals include mistletoe, poinsettias, daffodils and lilies.
Create a designated play space
Unless you want your pet to think that they have free rein of your home, and that they can play anywhere, it is beneficial for both you and your pet, to create a designated play space where they know they are allowed to have fun.
Make sure you have adequate storage solutions in this area for their toys and other belongings, but also ensure that they are easily accessible for your pet so that they can play as and when they want to.
Avoid textured walls
If you think that fur all over your soft furnishings will be a nightmare once you have a pet, just wait until you see what will happen to your walls if you choose a highly textured material or covering. Let’s just say your walls won’t stay clean for long.
Instead, choose satin or semi-gloss paint that actively repels fur and is easy to clean.