As a pet owner, you've got a whole new set of considerations when you're building a home. Not only do you need to address your own needs and preferences, but you also need to consider the features that will make your home more adaptable and functional for your pets as well. Here are some of the things to consider when you want to make your new home as pet-friendly as you can.
Consider Durability First
One of the best ways to make sure your new home can hold up to everything your furry family members have to throw at it is to start with the most durable materials possible. Choose tile, vinyl or stone flooring that can resist the damage of pet claws and stains. And, these flooring options are easier to keep clean, especially when you're dealing with fur and shedding.
If you can't help yourself and have to get carpeting, pick a color that's a close match to your pet. This will help to hide the appearance of any fur if your pet sheds. You'll want to put pads under any area rugs, to keep the rugs from sliding.
Keep Dirt at a Minimum
Having pets in the house is likely to bring dirt, dust and mess. Brushing your pet frequently and vacuuming your home as often as possible will keep the dust and fur at bay as best as possible. You may also want to set up a designated area where your pets can come in and go out at will. By placing a mat inside the door, it will help control the dirt and mud that can be tracked into your house.
Focus on Safety
When you have a pet in the house, you can't overlook safety. Animals can get caught and tangled in many things. As you design your house, think about ways to place electrical outlets higher so your animals aren't at risk of getting tangled in cords.
You can also opt for secure, reinforced screens to keep your pets from falling through open windows. Talk with the builder about the unique features you can add to your home for your pets. If you have cats, consider installing built-in climbing platforms, tunnels and other features to allow your cat to exercise natural instincts. This can protect your furniture, curtains and carpet from damage.
Build-In Convenience Features
For dogs, create a dedicated space, such as a small built-in cubby for a large, cozy bed. Add a small box to keep the dog's toys in, and you'll have a space your pup can call his or her own. When you build these features in, your pet's needs become as much a part of the home as yours.
Add cabinets with built-in food storage to keep all of the food containers out of sight. You can even have cabinets installed that include a feed and watering system integrated into them. That way, you can stow the bowls behind a closed door when it isn't feeding time.
One of the newest built-in features for pet owners is litter box cabinets. With a litter box built into a wall or cubby space, your cat can enjoy the space without having the cat litter tracked throughout the house or having the odor permeate the house.
No matter what your home design entails, including features that make it more comfortable and inviting for your pet will make it more harmonious for all of you. Consider both your lifestyle and your pet's personality when you choose the features for your home. Creating a space that works for both of you makes it easier to welcome pets into your new home.
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