If you’re an animal lover, you’re definitely going to want a furry friend to greet you at the front door every evening after work, yet you always hear about how pets can tarnish, or even destroy your home.
So here are 5 easy tips on keeping both you and your pet happy and stress-free.
Pet beds and scratching posts don’t have to be ugly
I used to spend a ridiculous amount of time in pet shops looking for the perfect cat bed and scratching posts (sad, I know!) which would keep both me and the royal highness happy. Yet, I never managed to find anything which suited or at least didn’t clash with the colour scheme of the space. Nowadays, designers have become aware of that gap in the market, and presto, we now have contemporary looking pet beds which could even double up as décor pieces. They’re so pretty!
Yes, they’re gorgeous and they’re pet beds!
Protect your furniture… and your bank account
I remember my first cat in my brand new apartment – the trauma of a designer sofa being ripped apart never actually subsides. This doesn’t mean you need to bring in the bubble wrap and plastic sheets. You can easily protect your sofa with a beautiful linen throw during the summer days, and a woollen blanket during the winter ones, and if anything, it would create a more interesting living space.
Save your sofa, get a throw.
Not all fragrance is good fragrance
Have you ever walked into someone’s home to be welcomed by a strong wiff of the most artificial scent you can imagine? Ok granted, you’re not sniffing the contents of their pet’s litter but still, it’s not ideal. The perfect way to make sure your home stays smelling fresh is to clean the litter trays as often as possible, emptying the trays every now and then and giving the container a good clean, keeping their food bowls clean, and airing the property as much as possible. If you still need a scent after that, opt for natural scented candles and diffusers which smell gorgeous and look homely and warm. They’re much better looking and smelling than any aerosol spray!
Prevention is better than cure
So your cat is litter trained and your dog goes outside, but accidents do happen, and when they do, it’s better to be prepared for them, so if you’re still moving home, that’s brilliant. Opting for a laminate or tile flooring would be ideal as they’re pretty easy to clean. If you already have a porous floor laid out, such as a solid parquet, not to worry, there are plenty of home remedies you can find on the internet, which with a bit of work, promise to remove any stains from your beautiful flooring. However, you might like to hold off the hand-woven silk rugs for a while until your pet gets used to its new home and bathroom rituals!
Laminate flooring is an ideal surface for your pet-friendly home.
Get your cat a flap
So you’ve got a terrace with glass sliding doors and it always seems that your furry friend needs its daily outdoor time as you’re at the other end of the apartment, or have just sat down after a long day at work! One easy way of eliminating the annoying chore of catering to this animal’s needs is to install a pet flap so your dog or cat can go back and forth as he/she pleases. This way, you won’t need to wait on him/her, and your pet does not need to wait on you. It’s perfect to keep the love between you alive! Pet flaps can be installed in insect screens, wooden doors and glass doors so maybe contact an insect screen or door company and see if they offer this service. I know there are a few on the island who can do an excellent job!
Cat flaps can be installed in wooden or glass doors.
So if your significant other is hesitant about bringing a pet to your lives, just send them this article and watch their fears get blown away!
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