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How do you pet-proof your home?

Looking after our furry friends means pet-proofing our homes for ours and their own safety. What are your tips and tricks for preventing any debacles?

Pet owners all been there: you come home to find your pooch cowering in the corner, with its wide puppy-eyes trying to melt you – it knows exactly what it’s done! Our pets fill our hearts with warming moments and endless joy but looking after our furry friends means pet-proofing our homes for ours and their own safety. 

Bringing a new pet home is a time of joy and excitement but it also requires planning. Besides good treats and bowls, keeping medicine and chemicals away, you may also consider pet-proofing your home.

Sofas and other furniture

Sofas are a particular pain point for many dog owners. If your pet loves your sofa, throw a cover over it – choose one that matches your living room décor and is easy to wash. 

If you’re thinking about redecorating, the type of fabric you chose for your sofa will make a big difference – velvet isn’t the best. Instead, opt for easily washable fabrics, less prone to scratching or hypoallergenic fabric, such as wool or linen. 

Certain types of synthetic leather can also be good as they are durable and easy to wipe down. Another good idea is to get sample swatches and see if they stand the pet’s test. See how easy it is to clean in case the worse happens and how easy it is to be scratched.

And yes, colours are important. Pale colours can be harder to keep than darker or patterned. 

You could also train your pet to sleep in its bed rather than your sofa. Getting its own bed, making it warm, cosy and as comfortable as possible is important. Make it its own space by leaving some toys.

Scratching and chewing

Cats love scratching – it’s normal cat behaviour and how they mark their territory. Your cat might treat your furniture as a scratching post, so you can avoid this by getting a real one close to your favourite piece of furniture.

Some cat owners swear by double-sided sticky tape to prevent cats from scratching it, but there are sofa protectors available. Another option is bitter sprays to prevent them (both cats and dogs) from chewing your furniture or, you can also create a natural-based alternative.

Make sure you also remember to trim your pets’ nails, as this decreases the risk of clawing on your furniture and floors. Whatever you decide, expert advice says consistency is key: once you decide where it can and cannot go, stick with it.

Do you block your furry friend from getting into your room? Do you use a crate when you leave? How do you keep muddy paws off your sofa?

We want to hear your tips and tricks to prevent the worst pet debacles and any successful furniture choices.