They might be our favourite furry companion, but sometimes pets can be a
hassle when they snoop around and make a mess. Pets may potentially hurt
themselves in the process of snooping around. Therefore, pet proofing your home
is a necessity in order to protect your beloved pets and also to lessen your
burden of cleaning up their mess. With that in mind, here are some tips to keep
your home pet friendly.
Acquire the Right Fabrics
Avoid fabrics such as velvet, chenille, mohair; they attract tons of pet hair which may be unsightly and hard to clean up. Stay away from frail materials such as silk that could be easily ruined by your furry companion. Opt for pet friendly fabrics such as denim, microfiber or canvas which still looks great even when your pets make themselves at home on it.
Cut the Cords
Ensure that all wires and electrical cords are steadily attached to the walls and not dangling. They might become your pet’s newest plaything, much to their delight and your horror. Invest in some electrical socket covers as they prevent electric shock to a curious pet.
Shred-Proof Your Furniture
It’s not a secret that Cats LOVE to scratch. Calling all cat owners, unless you like your walls and furniture damaged, get a cat scratching post. Set the post near your cat’s favourite perch and discourage scratching on the furniture by covering the spot with aluminum foil or tape until she shifts her habit to the scratching post.
Skip the Carpet
Avoid carpets even if your pet is potty-trained. The carpet will collect hair, critters and bacteria. They absorb odors and pet-related stains like a sponge and it is chore to maintain the cleanliness of the carpet. Instead, opt for easy-to-clean tiles such as vinyl, stone or hardwoods.
Active pets can go about the house and leave many unwanted scratches and marks on your house flooring which may be very unsightly. Therefore, utilize impact-resistant flooring to prevent any damages to your flooring. Opt for high end vinyl flooring (HEVF) as they are more affordable and maintenance friendly.
Put away any fragile or dangerous items
Store your precious ornaments in places that are safe from those itchy paws of your cats and dogs. If you’re thinking of an open shelving for your ornaments, you may consider glass cabinets. They allow you to display your ornaments and prevent your pets from reaching those fragile and dangerous ornaments that might fall on them. Furthermore, less dust, less cleaning up to do, more playtime with your furry friend!