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Tips and Tricks on Keeping your Home Pet-Friendly

Having pets doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your home’s interior. In fact, by following a few simple tips, you can make your home both pet-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Continue reading for tips and tricks on how to keep your home looking great and your furry friends happy. 

Create a Safe Space for your Furry Friend

The first step to take is to create a designated space for your pet, whether that means setting up a dog bed in the corner of your room or making sure your cat has a comfy perch by the window.  Not only will this help keep your pet out of your way when trying to relax, but it will also give them a sense of security and belonging in your home.  Remember, your pet is part of the family too, so it’s essential to make them feel at home!  

Mudrooms are Essential for Preventing Unwanted Messes

A mudroom is a great way to keep your pet’s messes contained if you have space in your home. By having a designated area for your pet to enter and exit the house, you can avoid having mud and dirt tracked throughout your home. Mudrooms are also a great place to store pet food and toys and any cleaning supplies you might need to keep your pet’s area clean.  If you don’t have the space for a complete mudroom, you can still create a pet-friendly entryway by adding a mat or rug near your door to catch any dirt and mud.

Stain-Friendly Fabrics are your Best Friend

Stain-resistant fabrics are a must when furnishing your home with a pet. Create a clean and relaxing environment while avoiding pet stains and providing your pet with a safe and comfortable space. Whether you’re looking for a new couch or curtains, choose a fabric that can resist pet scratches and stains.

Leathers, canvas materials, synthetic fibers, and outdoor fabrics are best to use when you have a pet living in your home. Fabrics like these are easier to clean and more resistant to pet hair and scratches. Choose a darker color or pattern to camouflage your pet’s fur. Avoid velvet or corduroy, as they attract pet hair and are difficult to clean. Consider slipcovers to protect any fabrics that could be easily damaged.

Make Sure any Indoor Plants are Non-Toxic

Pets can be susceptible to poisoning if they eat toxic plants, so it’s essential to ensure that your plants are non-toxic. By inspecting plants in your home, you can ensure you’re safe for your pet to consume. If you do find a harmful plant, don’t hesitate to remove it. Some plants are more toxic than others, so it’s essential to do your research before adding any plants to your home.

Here are a few plants that are safe for both you and your pet:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Chinese Bamboo
  • Orchids
  • Geraniums
  • Ivy
  • Palm

Choose Pet-Friendly Flooring

While hardwood floors are popular, they can be easily scratched and dented by pets. Choose a dark stain to camouflage pet hair if you have hardwood floors. Alternatively, you can opt for tile, vinyl, or stone floors, which are more resistant to pet damage.

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