According to a recent survey, 67% of U.S households are home to pets. With millions of us owning furry friends, it’s important that you keep your home in running order to ensure you and your loved ones can live in peace and harmony. We all love our pets unconditionally, so investing in their health and wellbeing is important. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are five pet-friendly interior tips for your home.
Consider Wood Flooring
With pets running through your property on a regular basis, it’s best to invest in hard flooring. Tiles, in particular, are virtually scratch-proof, making them the perfect option for your pets to nap during hot weather. It’s best to avoid carpeting as they can harbor a whole host of hair and bacteria. Carpets can also be a key contributor to human allergy issues too. Wood flooring like oak, mahogany, maple, and cherry is recommended.
If you have a pet in your home, it’s best to avoid upholstering in delicate fabric and light colors. No matter how many precautions you put in place, dogs and cats love nothing more than to play outside, so to avoid mud destroying your furniture, sticking with darker colors and choosing leather is best. Leather is not only hardy but does not absorb odors either. If you don’t like the idea of having to constantly clean up after your pet, leather can be easily wiped clean.
Remove Household Toxins
Cleaners, strong chemicals, and environmental insecticides should be kept well away from your pet’s reach. Instead, go with a greener alternative. The most common houseplants that you need to know about include mistletoe, poinsettia, and philodendron. All three are poisonous and can make your pet ill. To avoid an emergency trip to the vet, getting rid of household toxins should be your first step. There are tons of natural cleaning products that you can use instead such as baking soda and white vinegar.
Purchase a Pet-Friendly Air Purifier
Known to remove triggers for those who suffer from asthma attacks, as well as eliminate allergens like pet odor and dust, an air purifier can help keep your home clean and airy (especially if you have pets). If you have a pet allergy, you may initially blame it on your cat or dog’s hair. However, it’s actually the proteins found in saliva and dander that are the real culprits. An air filter can get rid of pollution in the home and trap airborne allergies such as dander that travels around in the air.
Create a Pet Play Zone
If you own a dog, it’s important that they get plenty of daily regular exercise. The last thing you want is for your furry friend to run riot around your home, so to minimize any accidents, creating a designated play zone is advised. Your pet will know that the space is suitable for play and where they can relax and have some quality ‘me’ time.
No matter what kind of pet you have, there are lots of pet-friendly home interior tips that you can take on board to keep you and your furry friend happy and content.