The majority of American families own at least one pet in their homes. According to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey, 85 million households have pets, with 63% of them owning a dog.
Pets are considered members of the family, so a home needs to be comfortable and safe for them as it is for you and your family.
Why Take Your Pets Indoors
Although pets are practically family, several households are reluctant to let them sleep or stay indoors for too long. Some fear that the pets would wreak havoc and destroy the furniture, so they often leave their furry friends in the yard.
Pets may benefit from staying outside since they can play and run around without ruining the house. However, keeping pets outdoors also makes them prone to various hazards, like:
- Isolation: Leaving a dog outside can lead to behavioral problems like excessive barking, digging, escaping from the house, and destroying any item they encounter.
- Disease and Illness: Ear mites, fleas, and worms cause various illnesses, some of which are viral and life-threatening. Leaving your pet outside during extreme weather can cause dehydration, heatstroke, and hypothermia.
Designing a Pet-friendly Home
It’s natural to have some reservations about letting your pet stay indoors. The key is to keep your home comfortable and safe for your furry friends. For example, you might need to renovate the sunroom or bedrooms.
Here’s how to design a pet-friendly home without sacrificing style and your family’s comfort:
Setting Aside a Pet Room
If you have space, consider setting aside a room dedicated to your furry friends. The design can be as simple as the bed and some toys. Alternatively, the area can be a full-fledged room that includes a shower and pantry for food, treats, and grooming supplies.
Low on Square Footage?
If you can’t dedicate a space for your pets, making small design choices can help you minimize the mess they’ll make. Choose fabrics like leather and micro-suede that resists scratches and allows for smooth fur removal. Skip expensive carpeting and opt for more durable softwood floors.
Consider these design choices in places they’ll most likely frequent, like the living room and bedroom.
Consider Getting a Pet Gate
Some areas of the house may be off-limits for your pet, like a nursery. Alternatively, you may want to keep them in certain areas during the day. In this case, install a pet gate in an area at home. Make sure the material is sturdy and that there is enough space for the pet to see through its surroundings.
Creating a Pet-Friendly Yard
Your pet-friendly design should extend to your outdoor space. Use gentle hardscapes for paths so that they’re comfortable on your pet’s paws. If you love gardening, elevate your plants and flowers to dissuade your furry friends from running through them. Be aware of foliage that could be toxic to your dog.
When getting a pet, you want them to feel like a member of the family. With these tips, you can slightly alter and improve your space to make you and your pets feel at home.