5 Tips For A Pet-Friendly Home
Give Pets A Place To Play
Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about our favorite rooms that we forget to dedicate space to our pets. Cats love height and need a place to climb and play. There are several furniture options: from a carpeted cat tree to a repurposed bookcase, anything can serve as a catwalk for Whiskers. Check out these Ikea hacks for ideas.
Dogs, on the other hand, need outside time. A doghouse can protect Fido from the elements as well as give him a place to relax outside in-between walks. If you want to get really fancy, get him a luxury home like the one below built by Pardee Homes for the Project Playhouse Pet Edition fundraiser.
Give Pets Their Own Beds
No matter how much room there is on our bed, our furry friends always seem to snuggle up right next to us. Give pets their own cozy nook outside of the bedroom. There’s no need to get fancy here. Repurpose old furniture into a comfy bed like these great coffee table/dog bed combinations. Be sure to place treats and toys in their new space to let them know it’s theirs.
Protect Your Floors and Furniture
Cats and dogs love to run circles around the house. Don’t let their claws destroy your floors. In addition to giving their claws a regular trim, place stylish rugs in high-traffic areas to protect your floor from scratches, spills and other accidents.
Double-sided tape can help deter cats from scratching furniture. (They don’t like having sticky paws.) Make sure they have several scratching posts with different textures to keep them entertained and your furniture in tact.
Sometimes we go a little overboard with the toys. And treats. And maybe some clothes. Make sure everything has a container and a place. The Container Store offers a wide selection of pet food containers of all shapes and sizes, like this BPA-free wheeled pet food container, which is a great option for those of us who love to shop in bulk. Additionally, wicker baskets found at any home goods store or garage sale can hold all of your pet’s toys and keep them out of sight.
Remove Dangerous Plants From the Home
Common plants in your home and garden can pose a threat to pets. Aloe, oleander, lilies and even tomato plants are poisonous to dogs and cats if ingested. The ASPCA keeps a list of toxic and non-toxic plants on their website. Click here to view the list. Keep your pets safe by removing all toxic plants from your home and yard.
Make Whiskers and Fido feel at home in a Pardee Home. Contact one of our New Home Specialists today to find a community near you.