You are very excited to get your pet home, and your heart is full of enthusiasm. However, before you welcome your new member of the family home, you need to make sure your house is safe and comfortable for your innocent inhabitant. There are many important things to be taken care of. Many essential things in the home may not harm you but could be hazardous to the new member of your family. Here are a few suggestions and tips on how to make your home pet friendly.
- Avoid Rugs and Carpets:
Your pet’s most important space is the floor. Flooring is something you need to work on very knowingly. A hardwood floor or textured tiled floor is one of the better options. They are convenient to clean and easy to maintain. If you have a pet in the house, you would not want to decorate your home with delicate carpets and rugs. And if they are furry pets, they can accumulate hair and bacteria in the house, which is not healthy for you or the pet.
- Precious and Fragile items must be kept away:
If you own a two or three-bedroom apartment, then there is no problem for your pet to play around in the space given. But it is your responsibility to make sure that you store away the fragile items in hidden spaces or higher places in the rooms. Because they tend to play with anything and everything that will come their way, all chemicals and inedible items also need to be kept out of reach. Your pet will sniff his way to find it. Medication should be stored. Breakable items such as glassware or picture frames can be kept on higher stands where your pet cannot reach.
- Open Electric Wires: a big No
Although in today’s lifestyle, many homes come with concealed wiring. Yet there might be TV cables, lamps, and other wires carelessly hanging in the reach of your pets. You can get cable protectors to take off this so that your pet does not chew them. Open wires can be very dangerous for your pet as they can be for you.
- Light-colored or white upholstery will not work.
Don’t forget your pets are like children. They will do almost everything that child does while growing up. Whether it is a pillow cover, curtains, or cushion covers for your couch, darker colors are a better option. Your pet will cuddle with you on the couch after playing on the floor or in the backyard. The fabric will display the paw dirt in no time. Invest in faux leather sofas and furniture you can easily clean. You must also scratch-free material; it can be convenient if your pet has sharp nails and may easily tear the fabric.
- Garbage and Trash in your home must be covered.
Open trash cans have always been a source of disease and infection. They are filled with dirty indigestible items, old food, harmful chemicals, and polluted waste materials. All this can be very unsafe for your pet if left open. Trash Cans must be covered all the time for waste management and the safety of the pets. Heavy lids are always advisable; they can stop your pet from getting into the filth. The garbage can be kept in the kitchen cabinets outdoors, out of your pet’s reach.
- Install barriers
If you have furniture that has large units and sometimes tall under space, then you must fit in blockades to stop your pet from entering that space. They can get fearful in dark spaces. The barriers you make also help keep them away from the electrical machines, such as dryers, refrigerators, and washing machines in the house. Keep your washroom doors closed; your pet does not know if it is a play area or not.
- Garden Space
Suppose you have a garden in your house, even a small one. Get your pet used to playing in your garden. Your pet will love it. Nature attracts them as much as it attracts you. But any poisonous plants or weeds must be removed. All animals have the first instinct to sniff and then taste. Safety is a must. Playing becomes an exercise in the garden, a way of fitness for your little companion. Better yet, you could install a dog door for screen door so your furry companions can entertain themselves whenever the need arises. Having a door to the outside allows for ample stimulation which usually leads to a more mellow energy level when inside the house.
- Chewy toys
Pets, especially dogs in your home, will need chewy toys for at least six months to one year of their growth, placed in their favorite areas of the house. Teething can be a problem for some pets. They tend to start chewing your shoes, socks, cushions, and other things in the rooms. Various flavors can be acquired from the online pet store on your phone. Non-toxic materials used for chewy toys must be chosen.
Whether you have a spacious home or a small apartment, your home needs to be pet-friendly. They are a part of your family. They deserve to be treated the same way. They will return your love and respond to the well-being you give them.