Your pet is part of your family. You can make them as comfortable at home as you and your human family members are when you’re home. It just takes a little thought and planning to make a home that works for both you and your four-legged companions.
Spring for Stain-Resistant
When pets are a part of your home, you know that accidents can happen. Whether you are training a puppy, have a glass-tipping cat, or love an enthusiastic tail-wagger, spills (and worse) are inevitable. Save yourself some grief by going for stain-resistant fabrics every chance you get. You’ll spend less time cleaning up and less money replacing or professionally cleaning your favorite things.
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While you’re shopping for stain-resistant fabrics, you can have a little fun by letting your pet be your muse. Consider the color of your pet’s fur and go for something that’s a perfect match. Upholstery and rugs that mimic the color of your pet’s fur will give you some wiggle room when it comes to dealing with a shedding dog or cat. Their shedding fur will be less noticeable and therefore less bothersome.
Healthy Air for Pets and Humans Alike
The air inside your home has a bigger impact on your health than the air outside. The proper installation, repair, and maintenance of your HVAC system can keep you healthy. As you look for ways to make your home perfect for your pet, don’t forget about the air. Pet odor and dander are more than a nuisance. These tiny particulates are the most dangerous contaminants. They’re so small, they get deep inside your lungs and your bloodstream. Keep your indoor air pure and healthy by putting in the right HVAC system for your lifestyle with professional advice and installation.
Hard Floors, Not Wall-to-Wall Carpet
Skip the wall-to-wall carpet look if you have a pet. You are only setting yourself up for the nightmare of shampooing your carpet, a process that takes a lot of time and effort. Instead, go for hard floors, like wood, vinyl planks, or laminate flooring, along with durable, washable area rugs.
Give Them Their Own Space
Curious cats and dogs find their way into places they don’t belong, especially if they don’t have a space of their own. Just like us, our pets like a quiet, private spot when they are stressed or sleepy. If your pet doesn’t have a place to take refuge from noisy guests or other stressors, they’ll make one. And the place your pet chooses will probably not be one that you like. Think cabinets, washers and dryers, too-high window sills, and worse. A soft bed in a quiet place makes your pet feel at home.
A truly pet-friendly home is one where you and your pet are safe and comfortable. Think carefully about your decor, the setup of your home, and the things you have to keep it clean and healthy. If you do, you’ll make a home for you and your pet.