The Perfect Pet Sanctuary

Have you created the perfect living space that your pet will love and always feel at home? If the answer is ‘not quite’ then take note of these 10 ways to transform your home into the perfect pet sanctuary for your four-legged friend:

FUR-FREE UPHOLSTERY

Think carefully about the fabrics you choose and how likely they are to collect fur.

Avoid fabrics that are a magnet for pet hair such as velvet, mohair, corduroy, velour or chenille. Stay clear of any delicate materials that could be damaged by your furry little friend e.g. silk.

Consider smooth tapestries, leathers and synthetic fibers. Invest in quality materials that will withstand the test of those sharp little claws!

FURNITURE SELECTION

Beware of any bare wood on your furniture – an excitable puppy may see it as their new favourite teething toy! Avoid buying furniture with exposed wicker, rattan and sisal furniture.

Select more metal and chrome that will leave your possible teether searching for another toy.

SHINY CLEAN FLOORS

In light of the unavoidable rainy, muddy days and those early months when your puppy/kitten is still learning to potty-train, we highly recommend flooring that is easy to clean.

Avoid softer hardwood floors that dent/scratch easily and require rapid cleaning should a puddle appear (hardwood floors stain very quickly)! If you are absolutely set for those beautiful wooden floors, then opt for harder woods such as mahogany or oak.

Choose laminate flooring, stone or ceramic tiles. These also have the additional benefit of keeping your pet cooler during the hotter months.

ULTIMATE PLAY AREA

An all-important part of a pet’s day is the need for space to be able to move around and play.

Avoid letting your energetic little friend run free around the whole house. They need to chase balls, roll excitedly around and play tug of war, but there are some areas of the house in which this is less desirable.

Create a designated ‘play area’ which your pet knows is suitable for play and where they can enjoy some quality ‘me’ time. Keep their toys stored away and out of view but easily accessible.

SPOTLESS KITCHENS

Pet friendly interiors are all about keeping your space as tidy as possible, allowing that gorgeous new kitchen to glisten without unsightly doggy/kitty bowls smudging that perfect vision.

Never leave food bowls out in plain sight. Move them underneath the toe kick or in a cabinet, bringing them out for food time, and positioning that water dish around a corner so your furry friends always have a water supply available.

SMOOTH WALLS

Don’t overlook walls – they could become a nuisance to clean if you don’t consider their texture.

A highly-textured wall will attract pet fur, even if the little rascal isn’t rubbing against it.

Satin or a semi-gloss paint helps to repel fur and to keep those walls glistening clean.

THE ‘PURRFECT’ PLACE TO RELAX

An essential part of pet friendly interior design must surely be the addition of their very own comfy pet bed.

Mismatch the rest of the room’s decor. For example, don’t place a traditional pet bed in a posh, sleek apartment, rather select a simpler, more modern design that will enhance the rest of your interior. Find a pet bed made of high quality materials, creating a comfy space for them to relax, unwind and recharge after their busy day of play.

MUD ROOM SAFETY

You’ve just been out on the most amazing walk, exploring the open fields and returning home with pup caked in mud. The door opens – the gateway to your beautiful home. And before you can blink, your best bud is through that entrance, drying off and doing laps around the house spraying mud everywhere.

Don’t let this nightmare happen to you. Install an entryway door to offer you an entrance space in which to dry off and wash down your doggy before they can enter the home. Store some dog treats there along with other essentials to calm them down so cleaning them up is a bit easier.

SAVVY WINDOW TREATMENTS

Every pet loves to wait by that window to watch for their owners coming home and to relax in the sunshine on those sunny days. Don’t deprive them of this and choose thick fabric curtains!

Find Lightweight, sheer fabric curtains that will allow for some natural light. Make sure to keep the blinds pulled up partially so your little friends don’t pull them down accidentally.

THE PERFECT PET SANCTUARY

Many accidents can happen in a pet friendly home and special considerations must be made. Those bushy little tails and clumsy paws can create quite the havoc in a home.

Watch out for tables that sit too low – breakables such as candles and glasses sitting atop may be shattered on the floor if some tail wagging gets too close. Carefully consider the space in your home when thinking about how you can avoid any unfortunate mishaps – after all, pets may not always be aware of their surroundings and they sure don’t mean to cause you any trouble. Create the perfect space for them and you will all live happily together!

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