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5 Ways to Make Your Home More Pet Friendly

Many new home buyers in St. Louis view their pets as family members.  As such, they want to make sure that the transition to a new home goes smoothly for their four legged buddies.  Here are five tips on how to make your new home one that your pets will love.

1. Create a Dog (Mud) Room

There are few things more satisfying than witnessing your pup enjoying the great outdoors.  Taking “Spot” out to Busch Wildlife for a day in the woods and ponds is both good for his health and your soul.  But with this satisfaction comes a price.  Bringing a wet, muddy pup home without creating a mess is difficult at best.

Incorporating a “Dog Room” into your new home planning can make this easier.  Keeping items like towels, dog shampoos, mud mats and leashes in this area will help with transition from wild animal back to lap dog.  Hooking up the hose before you even head out can help speed the process up as well.

2. Choose Pet Specific Items that Blend into your Design

With some creativity and a little internet searching, you can find items that are necessary to keep your pet healthy and happy that will fit nicely with your new St. Louis home.  Most dog owners utilize a kennel either daily or intermittently during the week.  Many companies are making kennels that look like wooden end tables where your pup can tuck in at night while the family is enjoying a movie. Or they can simply retire there when they have had enough fun for the day.  If you are handy, there are blueprints for you to make your own as well.

Another item that can be intrusive into an interior design scheme is a litter box.  If you own a cat, they are a necessity, but are also unsightly.  You can now find indoor planters that house a litter box!  They can be placed in the corner of a room and no one would be the wiser.  There are also standalone cabinets that can provide a decorative touch while hiding away something that nobody wants to look at.

3. Combat Destructive Cat Behavior by Accommodating their Instincts

While most veterinarians agree that it is safer for a cat to be indoor only, many indoor cats don’t get enough exercise and suffer from boredom.  Here again, simple tweaks to the design of your new St. Louis home can help ease the problem.

Cats will instinctively seek out higher ground.  So, you can consider arranging your furniture in a way that allows them access to these areas.  Placing your tall armoire close to your dresser so that they can easily hop up top is an example of this.

Additionally, there are many companies that sell shelves and wall “hammocks” for cats.  They come in a variety of colors and textures to match your interior schemes.

4. Choose Pet Friendly Materials

Some of the most impactful decisions when considering how to make your new St. Louis home pet friendly is your choice in flooring.  Flooring represents a large investment in your home and choosing the wrong kind can be a costly mistake.

Many homeowners love the look of hardwood floors.  But, these floors take a lot of abuse from our pets.  Pet nails, accidents, heavy bones and toys all cause damage to hardwood floors.  Choosing to use ceramic tile or laminate floors with a “wood” look to them is a wonderful solution to this problem.

When selecting carpet for areas of your new home, consider purchasing styles that have a low pile height and are not continuous loop.  A continuous loop carpet can be severely damaged if a nail gets caught during “zoomies.”  It will pull a long section of fiber out vs. a small one.

5. Promote the Health and Wellness of Your Pets Throughout the Home

You want your furry friends to be as comfortable your home as you are.  That means having items in the house that aren’t harmful to the little buddies.  If you are a someone who loves to have greenery in your home, learn which plants could make them sick if ingested and avoid those varieties. 

Also consider the types of fertilizers and bug deterrents that you utilize.  There are pet safe alternatives that can keep your new St. Louis home pest free without harming your pets.   

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