Maintaining a clean, attractive home and keeping a pet are not mutually exclusive. Though animals can complicate a living space. there are plenty of ways to make a room look great and still let cats, dogs and other common pets feel welcome inside. Thinking about the right types of fabric to use for furnishings, and also placing them in specific spots, will save you trouble later on.
Although everyone's pet will behave in different ways, some general rules can help set up a cleaner and happier place for both you and your pet. Some cats and dogs like to come out into a room and be the center of attention. If they do, your home should be ready for them, provided you follow these tips:
By making special areas for them to walk around and relax in, you could help teach pets where they should and shouldn't go.
- Create designated pet spaces: Don't want your pet barging out all over the room and climbing on your nice couch? By making special areas for them to walk around and relax in, you could help teach pets where they should and shouldn't go. Putting a large bed or pillow in a place that's easy for them to reach will keep them from napping in a space where they don't belong. A Pet Connection article that recently appeared in the Sacramento Bee suggests setting up high places for cats to walk and climb on, so they can get a nice view over their space.
- Get rid of hanging cords: Some dogs are prone to chewing on available objects, so choosing a drapery operating system that doesn't use cords could eliminate hanging distractions that might make a large room a little more pooch-friendly. When cords are secured in place or not part of the arrangement at all, it also lowers the chance of entanglement, making the room a safer place for to be.
- Put up properly sized drapes: While cats aren't guaranteed to ruin drapes, the ones that like to scratch could certainly do a number on long fabrics if they get the chance. Depending on how large the cat is and how much they like to play, hanging drapes could just be a temptation. Solve this problem by getting drapes perfectly sized to the specific window installed in your home. If they are high enough that they won't invite too much attention from the furry one, they may be less likely to tear.
- Make a window seat: On the other hand, you might want to give your cat or dog a place to sit and enjoy the light from outside. The Connection piece also mentions this as one of the ways to make pets comfortable and recommends perhaps creating a special enclosed area for them. Just make sure the drapes and custom window coverings can be pulled back out of the way so they don't interfere with their space.
- Spotlight the food dish: Dogs need to know where their food is and be able to chow down at the right time. Placing feeding areas in places that are easy for them to get to could make them happier, and also make it easier for everyone else in the home to get along.
- Think about fur allergies: You might not be allergic, but you could have someone over who is. Look for fabrics that are easy to clean and won't pick up tons of cat or dog hair easily, and make sure to brush regularly just in case. Selecting a color that helps you see the pet's balls of shed fur better is also a good idea.