It might seem like a no-brainer, but it will need special care and attention if you’ve recently
decided to welcome a four legged friend into your home. After all, not all homes are made
equal, and your pet is not a neat, tidy cardboard box.
If you’re creating a more pet friendly home, you might feel overwhelmed. That’s why we’re
here to help.
Keep reading to learn how to make your home more pet friendly!
Choose Pet-Friendly Flooring
Choosing pet-friendly flooring is an essential step in creating a pet-friendly home. Hardwood,
bamboo, and laminate flooring materials offer a safe, durable surface that resists scratches.
To ensure the longevity of your flooring, consider using rugs or runners (especially in areas
where your pet likes to play or run around). Also, when purchasing new flooring, make sure
to select materials that are specifically designed for pets or that are treated with a pet-friendly
Provide Plenty of Toys
Different toys will cater to your pet’s needs and preferences, so knowing what your pet enjoys
playing with is essential. Toys provide a much-needed mental and physical diversion to keep
your pet physically active. One example is teaching dog to stay by using a toy.
Try to rotate toys to add variety and keep things interesting. Make sure the toys are safe, non-
toxic, and sturdy. Provide enough variety so that your pet will not become bored with them.
Suitable toys can also help relieve stress by providing a distraction and reducing anxiety.
Adding toys to your pet’s living environment can dramatically improve the overall quality of
Provide Comfortable Bedding
Look for machine-washable materials that can handle your pet’s wear and tear. Consider your
pet’s sleeping habits and preferences to factor in the bed size, and adjust accordingly.
When selecting bedding, it should be soft and free of any allergens for your pet. Find
washable and hypoallergenic sheets and blankets in various colors and styles to easily match
any home decor.
Store Cleaning Products and Medications Safely
Keep cleaning products in cabinets or storage containers, preferably out of reach of pets.
Label medications and cleaning products so all family members recognize what is in each
container. All pet products should also be stored in a safe and secure location.
Ideally, this location should be free of dust, light, and dampness. An air-tight container with a
secure lid is best.
Keep Toxic Plants Out of Reach
Understanding what plants may be toxic to your pet is essential to ensure their safety. As a
smart homeowner, it is vital to keep any plants that can be toxic away from pets or store them
in pet-resistant areas.
Common plants known to be toxic to pets include lilies, English ivy, sago palms, and
oleander. If you are concerned about potential toxins, check with your veterinarian or do an
Tips on Creating a Pet Friendly Home
Creating a more pet friendly home is not only simple but also extremely rewarding. After
reading this brief guide, you have the knowledge and tools to ensure your furry friends live a
safe and comfortable life.
Try out a few of these simple pet-friendly tips today!
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