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Pets are an important part of our everyday lives, and most pet owners want to provide a
comfortable home and habitat for their furry friends. However, sometimes it’s difficult to know
exactly what pets need or to find contractors willing to accommodate those needs. Some
features are crucial for the safety or pets while others are simply preferential, but all are worth
considering. Here are some ideas on what features a pet-friendly home should have.
Choose Durable Floors
This feature is less about the safety of your pets and more about personal comfort. Carpet is
difficult to vacuum with furry pets around and prone to gathering unpleasant odors. Hardwood
shows scratches and water damage caused by pets but can be easier to maintain than carpet.
The best option for indoor pets is tile, but if cold, stone floors aren’t for you, consider these
durable pet-friendly rugs that are easy to replace and will soften tile flooring.
Keep Fur in Mind
Most pets, including dogs, cats, and rabbits, shed. It’s an unavoidable part of having a pet with
long, beautiful fur. Center your upholstery and seating choices around their fur color in order to
reduce stress over stray hairs. Choose furniture in neutral tones and instead place accent
pieces in bright colors on the walls. That way, you can simply maintain good vacuuming habits
without having to vacuum every time your pet is in a room.
Find Snag-Proof Fabrics
Cats and dogs often have claws that get stuck in anything. Avoid knits, chenille, silk, or tweed
because they are all difficult to clean and prone to snagging. Synthetics and leather are great
options because they are durable and often come in neutral tones. It’s also easy to remove fur
from leather furniture. Patterns are often a good idea with upholstery because if snags do
happen, they are more difficult to see.
Customize your Home
If you’re serious about providing a comfy home for your pets, consider investing in structural
changes to your home. If you have a spare room or bathroom, convert it into a pet haven where
pets can relax, stay clean, and eat food. A room for pets provides them with a safe space for
when the weather is hazardous or when guests are over. Dog doors are a must if you live
somewhere with extreme outdoor temperatures. Other customizations include petscaping your
yard, building a giant cat palace, or installing a custom pet pool.
Build a (Pet-Safe) Pool
Whether or not your pool is specifically designed for your pets, if you own a pet it’s crucial that
your pool is pet-safe. Before even bringing a pet home, it’s important to make sure that your
pool will not be dangerous. Most pools can simply be adjusted. Fences can be added, pet life
vests can be purchased, or alarms can be set up that will alert you whenever someone enters
the pool. If you would like to build a pool specifically geared for pets, consider options such as
these custom pools in Montgomery . The benefit of building your own pool is that contractors are?
willing to accommodate a wide variety of needs, including pet safety and comfort.
Lock up Hazards
Ensure that any chemicals or foods that are dangerous to pets are well out of reach. Consider
adding child-proof locks to cabinets, installing cabinets that are too high for pets to reach, or
simply avoiding products that can harm your pets. Which products are dangerous vary
depending on the pet, so learn about the needs of your specific pets.
Pets are a serious commitment, and our homes should reflect that. Customization is key to
creating a pet-friendly home because most homes don’t come ready for Fido. If you’re seriously
committed to the well-being of your pets, always keep them in mind. Create a home
environment that helps them stay happy, healthy, and safe.
Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.