Pets are part of the family, which means your home should be adjusted to accommodate their presence and needs. But you don’t have to sacrifice any of your personal style in order to create a comfortable space for your pet. While owning a dog, cat, or other type of pet can be downright messy at times, it is possible for both a beautiful and pet-friendly home to co-exist.
1. Avoid carpeting.
Carpeting is cozy, noise deadening, and warming, but carpets also absorb odors, stains, and pet hair. If you have the ability to choose your flooring, or you’re planning to do some remodeling, think about what is low-maintenance for you where your pet is concerned, like hardwood floors, painted concrete, or ceramic tile, which is sleek and easy to clean. If carpets are unavoidable, opt for low-pile or modular carpet tiles that can be easily replaced if soiled or damaged. No matter what flooring you choose, vacuum frequently – carpet or no carpet – to suck up malodorous and oily pet hair.
2. Invest in attractive boundaries.
Baby gates are often used by pet owners to separate their animal from particular rooms of the house. But since your pet isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, this fixture is going to be semi-permanent for quite a while. It is one thing to put up with a white metal baby gate for a few years while your child masters the stairs, but attractive retractable wood gates or split doors might be better options for restricting pets without taking away from the design of your room.
3. Get creative with the pet bed.
Pets have this ability to take over the space they’re in, especially whichever room houses their sleeping spot. Your pet isn’t going to be making their bed every day so you can expect this area, filled with blankets and toys and pillows, to get a little frumpy looking. A built-in bed helps keep pet beds neat and orderly when the disorder is contained to a small area – you can find a nook under your kitchen island, in the mudroom, or even in your bedroom closet that will make your pet feel safe and secure. If you really have the funds to splurge, seek out a pet sofa that complements your family room furniture – it might just keep your beloved pet off the couch too!
4. Corral the chaos.
If you’ve ever had children, you know that the whole house can easily become their entire play area if some ground rules aren’t established early. The same can be true with pets. Some of the chewiest and messiest treats for pets are best consumed outdoors, and rubber toys are your best bet for avoiding a mess inside. Stuffed toys are certainly cozy, but they can become worn and unsightly after a lot of love. Just like your dog knows where his bed, bowl, and leash are located, so too should be his awareness of his toys – keep them all in one basket in a designated area and make it clear that only one or two get to come out at a time so you can keep disarray from taking over your interior design.
5. Supercharge the pet bathing area.
You can bathe your pet in the tub or even outside, but it might be much simpler to keep your pet clean in a designated pet washing area, especially if you have space for it in the mudroom, laundry room, or basement. It’s healthier for your pet to have a shower as opposed to a sopping wet and soapy bath, and having all of your pet grooming supplies in one area – including the tools for a good teeth brushing – will make it easier and faster to get them sleek and clean. Plus, your house will just look cool and modern with this pet amenity.
6. Simplify meal time.
It’s safe to say your pet hasn’t taken any Emily Post classes in etiquette, but unless you have an animal that is meticulous about his or her eating, you’re likely to have some food and water on the floor most of the time. To avoid feed bowls that slide or tip, construct a built-in food and water station in a corner of the kitchen, or turn a drawer or cabinet into a designated pet feeding area. This move will not only keep your home tidy, it will help your pets appreciate and look forward to their feeding routine.
However you and your pet choose to share your space, the most important thing for your pet is to have a veterinarian you trust to care for them at a moment’s notice. Northpointe Veterinary Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so your pet can get the attention he needs when he needs it.