It goes without saying that we love our furry friends and we see them as just another member of the family. Let’s face it, though – the wear and tear that our pets can cause in our homes can be a real headache. The following are some tips and tricks for pet-proofing the rooms in your home, while still keeping it a fun place for your pets to live and play.
Because the living room is where you probably entertain most of your guests, it’s important to pet-proof this room so your visitors won’t be experiencing a lot of odors and stains. To lessen the number of accidents that are bound to happen on your living room floor and furniture, try installing a doggie door (a locking doggie door so raccoons and other outside animals can’t come in uninvited) or placing the litter box close by.
The living room is also a great place to store any dog toys or cat climbers, so that your pets can feel included while you and the other humans are socializing. Also, if you don’t want your pets begging for attention or food and climbing or jumping on your guests, having their play area in the same area where you socialize will keep them busy and happy playing on their own.
Kitchen & Bathroom
Your kitchen and bathroom contain lots of potentially harmful things for dogs, so it’s important to prioritize pet-proofing these rooms. Pet-proofing the kitchen and bathroom is more about pet safety than keeping your home beautiful. Small, agile puppies and kittens are often attracted to small, secluded places, so installing child locks on your kitchen and bathroom cupboards is a good idea to keep them out and prevent them from eating your food or even worse – getting trapped!
Make sure to put poisonous foods like chocolate and any kind of harmful cleaning chemicals up high and out of reach from curious, hungry pets.
We all know from experience that there is no chance of convincing puppies and kittens that they shouldn’t chew on shoelaces on long sleeves, so pet-proofing your bedroom is often mainly about protecting your clothes and shoes from eager little teeth.
To ensure that your bedroom carpet isn’t riddled with stains from pet accidents, you may want to consider installing laminate or hardwood flooring in the room instead of carpet. This is a good idea, especially if you let your pets stay in your bedroom with you and you know you won’t always wake up in the middle of the night to let them out to use the bathroom. Ask your local flooring specialists – such as Floor Coverings International – what sorts of hardwood flooring and area rug options are available in your area. With area rugs, even if you have hardwood floors your bedroom can still be cozy. Also, if your rugs are small enough, you can throw them in an industrial washer if your puppy or kitten has an accident.
Hopefully these pointers will help you in pet-proofing your home so your pets can be safe, happy, and free to roam every room!
Lenny Cravits writes about home improvement, interior design, interior decorating, & lifestyle tips. He enjoys sharing his knowledge about both classic styles & the latest trends.
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