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How to make your home pet friendly

How to make your home pet friendly

Whether you own four legged, furry, finned or feathered pets they all deserve care. In addition, your pets deserve the same amount of care and safety you enjoy in your home. However, most pet owners do not take their pets into consideration when making their own living arrangements. As such, it is of great importance to think critically about your pets’ particular needs when you’re on the hunt for a home. Keep reading to learn how to make your home pet friendly.

Start by carrying out a thorough inspection of your premises to identify anything that might pose a threat to your pets. The idea is to see things from their perspective and eliminate any potential dangers. Here are a few things that you should be looking out for:

  • Anything that humans ingest, but can be a threat to pets. From food to medications, take everything into account. Also remove anything that can give your pets access to these items. Do not forget how you handle rubbish disposal. This is because pets tend to rummage through garbage.
  • Plants in and around your home must be pet friendly. Pets have a tendency to nibble and chew on anything and this includes plants. Ensure that any plants you have are not detrimental to your pet’s general health and well-being.
  • Any chemicals or cleaning products must be secured out of harm’s way. Moreover, any use and disposal of pesticides must be carried out with great care.

Create a pet friendly space

In the same way humans require their own space that is designed and configured to their specific needs, so do pets. Creating a pet friendly zone is essential to developing a safe and hazard-free refuge. Pets by nature tend to wander, and this is especially true when they do not have their own space. For larger pets it is important for this space to accord sufficient space to roam about and exercise. Well exercised pets are less likely to get into trouble.

Pet friendly floors

Some flooring is not suitable for pets and makes life a little bit more difficult for them. The same is true for certain fabrics and other fixtures and fittings. For example, ceramic tiles can be quite slippery for your dog and make navigation around the house a tedious and dangerous exercise. Moreover, it is crucial to strike a balance between your pet’s comfort and the ease of cleaning. Leather is usually a great fabric to use in your décor when you have pets as it is relatively easy to clean.

Pay attention to your yard

Is your yard safe and accommodating for pets? Make sure that all trees, flowers, grass and other plants are safe for pets. If you’re not in a position to remove them then you may have to install barriers to keep away from areas these plants are found. If you’re not sure the you should seek help and advice from experts. This is more important when you’re moving into a new property where you might not be familiar with the various flora and fauna.

Food storage

Most pet owners prefer to buy their pet feeds in bulk. After all we’re all always looking for ways to save money. And buying in bulk from wholesale is a way to make small savings. However, there is always the danger of food contamination depending on how and where on your premises your store the pet feeds. Unfortunately, most pet owners store pet feeds in their garage and there couldn’t be a worst place for this. Garages are full of various automobile products that could contaminate your pet feeds and prove fatal to your pets.

Although far from conclusive this guide should get you thinking in the right direction when it comes to your pets. If you are going to keep pets on your property then make sure it accommodates them and makes them feel comfortable. Not all properties are designed and built with pets in mind so you should be prepared to make both structural and other minor changes.


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