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How to make your home more pet-friendly

Pets are a part of many people's lives. So if you're doing up your home, here are some things you should keep in mind, so that your pets will be comfortable and safe in your home, and your home will be safe from them, too!

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1. Floors

Choose flooring that is easy-to-clean, waterproof and scratchproof. Avoid slick flooring. The best option would be for homogeneous tiles or high resistant flooring (HERF). Solid wood, engineered wood and laminated flooring are porous, and can be scratched by pet claws. Also, avoid rugs, as even toilet-trained pets can have “accidents”. If you must use rugs, stay away from looped ones as they can catch pet claws. Use flatweave rugs or dhurries in cotton.

2. Walls

Nippon Paint Odour-less Easy makes it easier to clean your walls if your pet left a mark. If you prefer wallpaper, opt for those made of vinyl. They have a better resistance to grease and moisture, and are easier to clean. If you own a feline, avoid flocked wallpaper made of seagrass or other natural fibres.

3. Windows

Avoid vertical blinds and curtains that pool or have fringes or tassels. Cords on roller blinds can be a strangulation hazard, so tie them up! Install window grilles or wire mesh to prevent cats from falling or climbing out of windows.

4. Furniture

Use removable upholstery that is stain-resistant and has a colour and pattern that conceals shed fur. Extend the life of your upholstery with a sofa throw or water-repellent outdoor fabrics. Discourage your cat from clawing at furniture – spray your furniture with an essential oil-based repellant or cover the spot with aluminium foil or masking tape. Pets need their own space too, so give them their own couch if you want them off yours! Here are some cool options:

Dog-friendly sofa by Seungji Mun for Mpup.

 

The Compact I Cabinet can be used as a bed for your cat or as a litter tray. From modernistcat.com.

 

The scratch pad on the Cat Console, is replaceable. From modernistcat.com.