7 great ways to make your property pet-friendly

We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” – Jon Katz

You may not quite share Jon Katz’s cynical view of the world, but the fact remains that the love of a pet is precious beyond measure. Making your home pet-friendly comes with its own challenges but it is also a very satisfying undertaking, particularly when you sit back and play with your fur children. For all the unconditional love you receive from them, could there be anything more important than making your home comfortable for them? Here are some great ways to make your home pet-friendly –

Use paw- and claw-safe flooring

Look for hard wood or tile flooring options because these are scratch resistant. Carpets are not a great option for pet owners but rugs made of stain resistant fabric and throws to protect the upholstery are a great choice. You may want to pick a colour close to your pet’s coat if your fur child tends to shed. Avoid whites completely.

Keep fragile items out of reach

Pets tend to grow up and grow naughty very quickly. How your little pup managed to reach the crystal ware atop the dining table may defy your understanding, but it is best to put fragile items away. This could mean picking a wooden coffee table over the glass-top center table you had in mind and doing away with small figurines that could pose a choking hazard.

Remove all toxins (and toxic plants)

Having a pet is not unlike having an infant around – one that is unlikely to grow up. Medicines, cleaning agents, and any potential (pet) toxins should be put away in locked cupboards. Switch to non-toxic detergents and cleaners. We all love a bit of greenery indoors and some plants may be oxygen bombs but their leaves or flowers may also be toxic for pets. Leave such plants outdoors.

Invest in the right beds and baskets

The reason most pet owners avoid buying beds for their fur children is the amount of space that these beds consume. If you’re among the lucky few who own upscale Goregaon apartments in Mumbai, investing in a washable and durable bed for your dog and a cozy basket for the cat can save you a lot of effort. Further, if you’re lucky you may altogether avoid getting dribble stains on the sofa and fur on the bed.

Use concealed electrical casing

New flats and apartments these days use concealed electrical wiring. If you are opting for resale flats in Goregaon, however, it may be well worth checking for open cables and casing up the cables before you move in. This will prevent your inquisitive pets from hurting themselves.

Creative designing helps

If you’re hiring an interior decorator it is best to talk about your pet’s needs and incorporate some clever designs to make them more comfortable. A pet door, for example, is usually believed to spoil the beauty and design of the doors. Creative camouflaging could help. Incorporating mud floors and cane baskets into the overall design works well to support pet spaces.

Make the lifestyle changes

Raising your fur children may need more than time and space. It could require a change in lifestyle. Vacuuming more often, using bed covers through the daytime, taking time to groom your pets – these will go a long way in keeping your home clean and your pet happy too.

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