4 Ideal Hacks for a Pet-Friendly Home

If you’re a pet parent, then you definitely understand that they’re not just a pleasant distraction. To us, they’re as real as human children, and deserve loads of love, attention and care.

However, it can be a bit difficult keeping pets in a home whose interiors haven’t been designed with them in mind. It’s hard enough to create a personal space that’s both functional and stylish, but add the pet-friendly aspect to it, and you could be left scratching your head about how to balance everything out.

If you’re on your way to getting (please adopt a pet, don’t buy one) a four-legged baby of your own, here are some useful hacks from IKEA experts for making sure your home is ready for junior’s arrival.

1. Pet-Friendly Furniture

Make sure your sofas aren’t in any light shade – your furry friend will lounge on that sofa with you, and you don’t want him or her leaving unwelcome stains and smells (which they inevitably will if you aren’t careful).

Get covers for your couches in a material that is stain-resistant, like synthetic microfibres or leather, and avoid velvet, silk or tweed.

2. Trashcans with Lids

Most pets are drawn to the smell of trash and will rummage through it if left unattended.

That’s why you should invest in sturdy trashcans that have lids so your home waste doesn’t get redistributed all over your house frequently.

Also, try and place the trashcan behind a closed door so your pets won’t try and open it.

Most importantly, avoid low trashcans at all costs.

3. Move/hide Medications & Dangerous Food

Just like you would keep medications and dangerous substances out of the reach of children, remember to never leave such items within reach of your pet.

Even something as harmless as vitamins could end up being deadly if your dog or cat wolfs down a whole bottle.

Certain human foods like chocolate, raisins, avocadoes and nuts are especially poisonous for dogs, so remember to keep these items on a high shelf, far away from your pet’s reach.

4. Tile Flooring

A carpeted floor isn’t a great idea if you keep your pets indoors. Scratch-resistant tiles are the best option, say IKEA’s designers.

If you do insist on rugs, make sure they can withstand the wear and tear of a baby animal scratching, yanking or chewing on it.

With these tips in mind, you’re all ready to make your home a warm and welcoming space for the latest cute addition to your family!

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