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I already talked a lot about creating nooks and crannies for your dog or kitten but now I saw that I still haven’t given decoration tips for those who have pets. How to make the house nice and safe for your pet? How to make it difficult for him to ruin your sofa, your curtain? How to facilitate the cleaning of the house having a pet? So, here are some tips to help you:
Decoration tips for pet owners
Sofas. armchairs and furniture
Prefer the acquablock or water block (mainly for cats), suede, ultrasuede, canvas, grosgrain and twill (denim). Do not use chenille, linen, silk or velvet with cats at all. These will be destroyed very quickly. Waterproofing is also highly recommended, in addition to the use of closed woven covers, which in addition to protecting the lining are easier to wash and change.
If you have dogs, another option is natural or synthetic leather, which can be cleaned more easily. Cats can scratch it more easily.
Cats like to hide by hiding in the strangest and most impossible places. So be careful with sofas with retractable parts. Will you push the chase and the bug is inside?
Another concern is the feet of furniture – Wooden feet can be easily chewed by kittens. Prefer metal feet or use rubber protectors. And forget about rattan or rattan furniture.
Place cat scratchers near sofas and armchairs – so they will have a more interesting option than your sofa.
Prefer rugs with short hair, synthetic material (polypropylene) or sisal. Whether printed or in a color similar to the color of your pussy, they will hide hair better.
Curtains, blinds, walls and wallpaper
Prefer synthetic fabrics or mixtures of naturals, such as cotton and linen, with synthetics, which have greater durability and are easy to wash. Prefer closed plots with cats. Waterproofing is also a good idea. Avoid silk and voal. Vertical and horizontal blinds are less suitable when you have cats, especially small ones.
White walls can suffer (use washable paints or take advantage of the fashion of half-wall painting and put a darker color at the bottom). As well as textured walls, which accumulate dust (and hair). Wallpaper with textures or fragile material will not support your cat’s nails (or your dog’s paws). In fact, most of them will not resist unscathed.
Create fun and space for them
If your cat or dog has to have fun he will put his furniture aside. So, invest in firm scratchers and all kinds of toys you find in reliable petshops. To save yourself, you can make toys and beds for them. A roll of sisal around a wood is fun. A cardboard box also.
Leave empty shelves to allow cats to play on them (you can place shelves just for them to play). And don’t forget to trim their nails whenever you notice they’re big.
Everyone needs “their space” in the house. Your pet too! Then, the bed, the toys, and maybe, the containers with water and feed, if possible, can be in the same little place.
Cats and dogs suffer from slippery or very smooth floors. They may find it difficult to stay stabilized and this ends up causing physical problems. Prefer wooden floors that are not very smooth, satin porcelain or vinyl (which give more stability and are difficult to scratch) in the internal and external area, prefer natural stones, non-slip floors, ABS and natural grass (always well trimmed and treated).
Laminates, marble, granite or any smooth stone, and shiny and very smooth porcelain tiles are more slippery, in addition to being more easily scratched and stained (with the eventual urine of pets). If you cannot change a slippery floor, use or distribute small rugs, EVA plates, tarpaulins or non-slip walkways to give your pets more stability.
Windows in tall apartments with pets
There’s not much to do, especially with cats: The ideal is to put screens. When you least expect it, the cat “climbs” anything and stops at the window. And you can’t even imagine that, can you? Even in houses or ground floor apartments this is the best way to not be surprised (o) with the disappearance of the kitten or dog.
If you want to have or have a cat give up glass jars on tables, picture frames on furniture, in short, anything that can be knocked over or broken because it will happen. Even more with puppies, who are more energetic and do not stop quiet, loving to jump everywhere.
There are a multitude of plants that are toxic to animals. And there are plants that cats like to eat and are good for them. See more about this in this post. You can also hang the plants so that they are inaccessible to pets.
Medicines, cleaning products and dumps
Be very careful with that. Keep away from access by cats and dogs. Don’t forget that cats climb furniture, okay?
Dumpsters should either be built into the kitchen cabinet or chosen so that they close tightly. Dog loves to poke, right?
Loose wiring around the house
It’s not pretty at all, but with pets it can be a big danger. Keep everything very tight, even the cable from that floor lamp can be a disaster.
I know you like them. So keep them safe and always comfortable, okay?