The British are known as a nation of pet-lovers pets, housing a total of 7.7 million cats and 6.6 million dogs! If you’re taking the leap then you’ve probably prepared yourself for the personal commitment involved, but how can you get your house ready? Here are some ways to keep your pet safe, your house clean, and to prevent the sharp claws of an excitable new pet from wrecking the place!
Floors: Choose solid flooring. The best thing to go for is something hard like tiles, vinyl or bamboo plank flooring. Otherwise you’ll find your pet ripping up the carpet or leaving scratches and stains along hardwood floors. It’s not always possible to redo your flooring for your pet but if you’re looking for a specialist in your area use our find a builder service.
Rugs: You can make a house full of pet friendly hard flooring more homely with a rug or two. Choose hardwearing, washable fabrics like sisal, silk and wool. Avoid anything like viscose, rayon, art silk which stain easily and can be ripped to shreds by sharp clawed kittens. Also, keep away pale colours. Brightly coloured, small patterned rugs are better for hiding fur and dirt.
Colour-coordinate: This is pretty extreme, but the best way to obscure malting is to have furniture that matches your pet. This doesn’t mean investing in tortoise-shell print furniture but think about leaning towards a lighter/ darker shade.
Banish clutter: If you own a dog he’s going to chew your possessions, and he is going to chew them indiscriminately. Money, expensive items of clothing, furniture and harmful cleaning products – leave them out and he will find them. This is a great excuse for a declutter, get rid of things you haven’t looked at for years, and find a place for everything you do use. Here is a handy guide on how to declutter your home.
Keeping them safe: This is more for dog owners, if there are areas of your home you want to keep your pup away either for their own safety or to prevent them wreaking havoc, use a few gates as you would with a baby. They don’t have to be the unsightly white metal contraptions. This one’s actually quite attractive! Also look in to safety locks for bathroom and kitchen cabinets and ways to cover up power sockets and cables. Here’s a list of foods that dogs are allergic to.
If you’re looking to make more substantial changes to your house, contact one of our members today through find a builder to see what they can do to help.