Pets are not just merely animals that we keep around to keep us company.
They have the same needs as we do.
They need to be fed, require our attention, love and compassion. They have emotions and must be tended to on a daily basis.
With all of that in mind, it is quite surprising that their needs are not taken into consideration when pet owners are searching for a new home.
Quite startling, in fact, when you consider that over half of all homes have a pet inside of them!
And yet, the needs of pets are put on a back burner when comes time for home improvements, repairs and upgrades.
The following tips will teach you how to make your home pet friendly and safe, so you’re both happy living there.
Think Like a Pet
Put yourself in your pet’s paws.
Experts at believe that you should imagine you are your pet to get an idea of how they see things.
Although it may seem silly at first, getting down on all fours will give you a much greater perspective on how things are for your pet. It is startling when you see how many potential dangers are lurking in the home. The following are some of the most common dangers:
Window cords have danger written all over them. It is quite easy in fact for pets to become entangled in them. Wires and electrical cords can cause electrocution as well.
Medications and foods can also prove to be harmful if left out in the open.
Pets will create their own ladders to reach these objects such as jumping on counters, stepping stools and table tops. Always keep trash covered or disposed of immediately. Pets are known for their keen sense of smell, so make sure that trash cans are covered, and sprinkling baking soda over the trash will mask the smell.
Another reason to prevent pets from getting into the trash is because of possible choking hazards. Chicken bones, pits from fruits and other small items can cause your pet to choke. (See more choking hazards for dogs and cats.)
In addition, what we consider to be harmless fruits are something entirely different to animals. Animals can suffer from cyanide poisoning. For example, in dogs, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure, caffeine and chocolate are also toxic to dogs, sugar-free foods containing Xylitol is a culprit for liver failure, and nutmeg can cause damage to the central nervous system.
Plants, which we depend on to brighten up our homes, can also be detrimental. Lilies and certain orchids can cause severe kidney problems in cats. A quick google search or a visit to the ASPCA’s website will tell you which plants are safe to have in the home.
Fabrics and Upholstery
White is not the best option when you have a large dog that loves to run wild outside. Materials that are easy to clean and won’t stain such as leather or ultrasuede,, which can be wiped down. Look for “stain-resistant” and “pet-friendly” options when choosing furniture.
Carpet can be tricky. It is not the best choice, but if you must, choose a carpet that is similar in color to your canine or feline to hide the hair.
A great option to reduce pet hair on carpet is to add an air purifier to your home. This device is a great investment because it will collect the hair and dander that your pets shed. The less of this stuff that’s floating around it the room, the cleaner it stays.
Visit this link to find out what the best air purifier for pet odor and hair is for your home.
Kittens and puppies and other small animals love cozy, small spaces, which can prove to be problematic.
One way to avoid any issues is to create a space specifically for them, a space devoid of any possible dangers.
If it is well-equipped with food, water, toys and a comfy bed, your pets won’t have to need to venture into the unknown, and potentially dangerous territory.
Keep Your Pet Clean
You can save money if you groom your pet yourself.
And by grooming your pet, you will be saving time usually spent cleaning. Nail clippings and regular brushing are important in keeping the space clean and free of excess damage.
Should you have a home where you have less than ideal floors or fabrics, it is wise to invest in stain removals and strong disinfectant sprays.
Pet accidents should be dealt with immediately to prevent permanent stains. Not only will prompt removal to lessen the likelihood of stains, but it will mask the odors. Hiding the odors will make it less likely the pets will repeat the same accident in the same spot. Here are some additional tips on getting rid of pet odors on furniture and carpet.
Pay close notice to fleas and ticks on your pet. If the pet is carrying any pests, then there are a strong possibility that eggs are nearby, lurking in your home.
Lastly, if you have a cat or dog and you don’t own an air purifier, then you probably have a home full of pet dander. Here are some simple ways to get rid of pet dander and keep your home clean.