Having pets at home carries both good and bad news. The good news is the joy they can bring you every single day. However, the bad news they carry are the damages they can bring your home – furniture, upholstery, and all.
Here are practical yet effective ways to help you pet-proof your home and prevent your pets from wreaking havoc in your furniture, etc.:
Give your pets a cozy zone.
If you give your pets a cozy space specifically provided for them, you’ll most likely find them there instead of on your couch or other furniture. More than that, all the fur, stains, pet dander, scratches, and odor will be isolated in their pet zone instead of all over your home. There are a lot of pet beds you can choose from.
Just note that it may take time for your pets to be completely comfortable with their bed and space.
Groom your pets regularly.
To prevent unsightly scratch marks on your furniture, give your pets a regular nail trimming session. Pets with properly trimmed nails can prevent costly home disasters. Nail trimming has to be done every few weeks for cats. For dogs, it has to be done every couple of weeks. Just make sure to use the appropriate clippers.
Be careful not to cut your pet’s nails too short to prevent injury. Get a professional’s help if needed.
Have lint rollers or tape handy.
Even though you groom your pets regularly, furs and shedding are still inevitable. There will always be traces of them in your furniture, cupboard, and all over your home. For quick clean-ups, have lint rollers or packing tape available. These items are cheap yet effective in cleaning up the loose fur your pets are shedding.
Other materials you can use for quick fur clean-ups are dryer sheets, rubber gloves, and vacuum.
Protect furniture from chew marks and scratches.
Dogs love chewing the same way cats love scratching things. If you don’t want to come home to wood furniture filled with chew marks, make sure to repel your dogs from chewing. A bitter apple spray will do the trick. Likewise, to prevent your furniture from being a scratch post for your cats, give them their own scratching post.
Giving your pets toys and posts to play with will also keep them from playing with your furniture.
Give pets a lot of exercise.
By training your pets to exert their energy for exercise and other physical activities, they won’t have much energy left to be destructive at home. According to Rachel King of DogVaycay, bored pets can be troublesome. More than exercising pets, spending time with them will prevent them from turning their attention elsewhere.
Get to know your pet and see which kind of exercise routine or physical activity suits him the best.
Keep specific rooms closed.
If you think specific rooms in your home can endanger your pets, install baby gates or just keep the doors shut while you’re away. Aside from protecting your pets from danger, keeping specific rooms closed also protects your valuables such as antique items, breakables, and the like from the havoc your pets can accidentally bring.
You can also train your pets to stay away from specific rooms in your home through crate training.
Don’t leave pets home alone.
If you leave your pets home alone for a long time, expect to come home to chaos. Because dogs, specifically, are social animals, they act up and cause chaos after being left alone at home for more than three hours. Leaving them home alone can cause them to bark uncontrollably, become aggressive, destroy things at home, etc.
If you really need to leave, give them their specific pet zone or hire a pet sitter while you’re gone.
Make your home pet-proof and prevent your pets from wreaking havocs and expensive damages in your home by practicing the above tips.