How to pet proof your home without losing the wow factor!

If you are one of the many people who can’t imagine their lives without a pet, but don’t want to lose out on a stylish home, this is the article for you.

It’s only once you have a pet that you realise how much they become part of your life, and one of the family.  They seem to listen when no one else does, sensing when you need comfort, and as bonus they don’t talk back!

However, it isn’t without its drawbacks… claw marks destroying curtains, puppy training ruining new carpets, knawed table legs and hair moulting.  All of this and more means that you rarely get a day off the hovering and are often wondering what mess you might come home to.

So what can you do to minimise the destruction while maintaining style.

9 tips to consider when decorating your home if you have a pet

1.  Colour choices

Lets use a bit of common sense, If you’ve got a black haired lab, then a cream carpet isn’t going to be the best option for you! Consider what colour of hair your pet has and try to complement it, that way it will be far less noticeable.  Darker earthy tones would be our recommendations, especially ones with a mixed fleck, as they will disguise it even more.

Furniture fabrics are the same, if you like a cuddle with your cat on the sofa, you’re not going to want something that shows every hair and paw print. Small, bold patterns would be a wise consideration as it breaks up how people look at the sofa, making it more discreet for when guests pop round unexpectedly.

2.  Closed storage

We all pray and hope that they are going to stop the chewing and tail wagging antics however often this day does not come. Open shelving and cupboards are just too tempting for our furry friends, meaning many a prized treasure gets broken, ending up in the bin.  Glass fronted media units; sideboards and cabinets are a great way to have items on show but out of reach.  For prevalent behavior you may want to invest in childfree latches to stop them opening cupboards.

3.  Durable fabrics

As general rule of thumb we would suggest going for fabrics with a tight weave or cut pile rather than a loop, this goes the same for carpets too.  There is a lot of contradicting advice out there, but basically you’re looking for fabrics that will minimise damage risk.

Long plush piles will just entice your pet friends to reach out and claw at them, so while it might feel lush in-between your toes, cats are likely to start picking at it and get stuck in the loop.

Leather can be a good choice for furniture because it is so easy to clean, and the natural material will form much more character due to the extra bumps along the way. However pets with sharp claws may damage the materials creating holes if they are not kept trimmed.

Robust fabrics like microfibers, corduroys or flat weaves are ideal as they are so hard wearing and with so many coming with removable, washable covers they are a clear winner.

4.   Provide plenty of toys.

Letting your dog get bored and not giving them much attention, will encourage their naughty antics. Like any child, they will seek out ways to be noticed. In order to avoid this give them toys to play with and make sure they get plenty of walks. I know there are days we’d rather hibernate because its wet outside, but they still need their daily exercise and it may mean your living room furniture gets to live in peace for another day!

Local Carnoustie Pet shop Millies Pet Services, have some great toys instore, but in the meantime here is a link to some games you could play indoors to keep them occupied. Link to Millie Pet Services 

5.   Hard flooring vs. Carpets

A lot of this is down to personal preference, hard flooring can seem the right way to go, however it can be noisy with their paws tiptoeing over it every five minutes! Carpets are more soundproof however as earlier suggested, aim for a low pile and darker, earthy tones to hide the hair.

6.   Curtains being destroyed?

We’ve all seen the film clips with cats running up the curtains, with the rail falling down or the fabric being shredded along the way. As natural climbers, cats will use these instincts particularly if they are fleeing what they see as a threatening environment.

When considering your window dressing, you may want to consider blinds as they can be tied out of the way when not required.  Secondly give your feline friend a scratching post, which would keep their claws in check while also giving them something to climb.

7.   Pick solid structured furniture.

A stylish three legged or pedestal table may look good in the room centre, but perhaps needs to be tucked away in the corner of the room to avoid it’s contents being knocked flying when your pet gets sent into a fit of excitement from unexpected visitors. It doesn’t mean you can’t use it, just position it out of harms way.

If you have a dog that chews, try and avoid wooden legs it’s like taunting them with a juicy bone and it will only be a matter of time! There are sprays available on the market to deter them with a bitter taste, a bit like that nail biting solution you got when you were a kid!

8.   Protect your sofas and chairs.

This could be from arranging to have it stain protected at time of purchase, or putting blankets and covers in place that are easily removed and laundered as often as required.

9.     Keep your pets looking good with regular grooming

Not only does it keep them looking stylish and well kept, it also means that your hovering will be less intensive!

Have you got any tips you’d like to share?

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