People have an ancient affinity to animals and are closely attached to them. Domestic dogs, for the longest time, are considered as a man’s best friend. More than having cats or dogs to watch over the house and add another layer of security to a family, these pets are valued for the friendship and companionship that they provide.
There is at least one domestic pet in almost every household, with dogs being the most common. To make a pet-friendly home, the owners must wholly understand what it takes to adopt animals and the meaning of responsible pet ownership. Listed in this blog are some tips and best practices on how to take care of domestic pets and create a pet-friendly home for them.
Make the Interior Paw-Proof
Opt for fur-friendly furniture.
Choosing to have pets at home means accomodating their needs in interior design. This includes taking note of patterns in their behavior. The most common problem pet owners, especially dog parents, have at home is paw scratches. The professional advice from veteran pet owners would be to choose authentic leather fabric for the couch. Although this selection is more expensive, it proves to be a good investment as it could withstand paw scratches from four-legged friends inside the house. When choosing furniture, the rule of thumb is to go with dark-colored pieces that make stains and dirt less visible. However, make sure to pay heed to the color of the pet as well. A dark couch isn’t the best option for a pet owner with a white or beige-colored doggo.
It is also important to note that carpets and velvets are not the best choices and should be banished once dogs or cats arrive to join the household. The loose fabrics of a rug are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, ticks, and fleas. At the same time, velvets are notoriously known to be fur and stain magnets.
Use tight-lidded trash bins.
Although well-trained dogs are a lot easier to handle and have around, it is always better to take preventive measures indoors, especially in havoc-prone areas like the kitchen. Dogs are easily attracted to the smell of trash, rotten food, to be specific. Pet owners would do wise by using tall and tight-lidded containers to ensure that their pets steer clear ransacking the trash bins.
Carve out special nooks indoor.
Pet owners who want to go the extra mile could start by configuring some space in the house and lot for their furry pets. Dog crates can be bulky and, thus, get in the way when placed indoors. A brilliant solution to this is to station dog crates in the family room or least-used areas in the kitchen, under the dinner table, for example.
Go for tiled or hardwood flooring.
For pet owners who have fully embraced their furry friends inside their homes and living quarters, they should be mindful of the ideal options there are for the flooring. In general, tiled, concrete, and stone flooring are the best bets. These kinds of surfaces give their paws something to grip on and could withstand the force and scratches.
On the other hand, veer away from laminated floors that provide less traction and put house cats and Fidos at high risk of muscle and bone injuries. Due to its glossy and slippery surface, laminated floors may cause these pets actual harm and danger. They tend to walk and run around the house and lot any minute of the day.
Safeguard Their Health
Keep away everyday food items harmful to pets.
Responsible pet ownership doesn’t end at making sure that pets are well-fed. Animals are much like humans in the sense that they are prone to some allergic reactions to certain types of food as well. As much as owners can, they should know all the food they should and should not feed their pets.
An owner’s first impulse is to probably feed the extra food from the dining table to their pets. But the human reaction to food is not always the same as pets. Chocolates, for one, are notoriously known to be bad for dogs. For humans, the darker the chocolate, the more benefits it has. However, caffeine has adverse, even lethal, effects on dogs. Pet owners should store away food items that are poisonous to their pets, such as garlic, onion, grapes, alcohol, and apple seeds, to mention a few.
Store harmful chemicals and medications out of their reach.
Suppose certain daily food items are toxic to pets. In that case, human medications are just as dangerous to them—and most of the time, even more. As such, liquid medicines in fragile bottles and medicine tablets should be locked in kitchen cabinets away from pets’ reach. Disinfectants, cleaning chemicals, and pesticides should be stored in safe places as well.
Avoid plants toxic for pets.
To create a pet-friendly home, guaranteeing the health and safety of their furred, scaled, or feathered companions should be the owner’s priority. While indoor plants are generally welcome interior design items, pet owners should duly do their research first. Some species of plants are proven to have some harmful effects on animals.
For example, lilies have highly toxic components for felines, attacking their kidneys and causing them to shut down. While azaleas, English Ivy, and chrysanthemums can cause vomiting, drooling, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, even coma.
Take extra fur-friendly precautions
Install window screens.
Cats love high places, and many cat persons are likely aware of “high-rise syndrome.” In simple terms, high-rise syndrome refers to the injuries that cats sustain from accidentally falling off a high place such as a ledge, upper balcony, or most common, open windows.
To eliminate the risk of such mishaps, pet owners can install window screens. With this, they can conveniently leave their windows open throughout the day to allow fresh air to pass through without having to worry about their pets’ safety.
Store away small objects they could swallow.
Cats and dogs easily get attracted to just about anything they see scattered on the floor. They can start chewing on something edible or not, which puts them at a high possibility of swallowing indigestible objects. This nerve-wracking concern for pet lovers is comparable to parents’ constant worry about their toddlers choking by accident.
Thus, as part of responsible pet ownership, the house should always be cleared of litter. Small-sized objects commonly found at home like mothballs, coins, even bottle caps, and miniature children’s toys could be toxic to pets. These items should be kept away in storage boxes or cabinets they are least likely to discover.
Groom Pets Regularly
It indeed feels comforting to wake up in the morning or from an afternoon nap with a soft and huggable furry pet by one’s side in bed. To allow this kind of luxury for themselves, pet owners must look after their pets as they would their children. The best way to take care of pets and minimize potential inconveniences they can cause is to groom them regularly.
Clipping a cat’s nails, for instance, spares both its owner and house furniture from paw scratches. Simultaneously, brushing helps remove old, excess hair and reduces fallen fur that will most likely end up on the couch or bed.
To prevent lice infestation among dogs, veteran pet owners recommend using anti-flea shampoos and washing their collars, sweaters, and beddings in tepid to hot water. Cleaning their ears is also a must to reduce the risk of infection and inflammation. A responsible pet owner would even have his or her four-legged friend vaccinated.
Create a Safe Space for Them Outdoors
Before taking in any furred, scaled, or feathered pets, homeowners must be aware of the subdivision or condo building’s policies regarding animal-rearing on the premises. While caged feathered pets or fishes in aquariums are generally tame and low-maintenance creatures, four-legged animals are different. Cats and dogs are naturally curious and love to roam around, requiring more attention and looking after to ensure that they do not wreak havoc or inconvenience neighbors. Homeowners can build dog houses in their backyard or even install gates or fences surrounding their premises, for starters.
For pet owners living in a free-standing house and lot property or those dwelling inside subdivisions, it should be fine as most subdivisions in the country allow owners to have pets. For one, the trusted house and lot developer Camella have pet-friendly policies implemented within their master-planned communities and even within their condominium projects.
Apart from various ideal house and lot units for different families, Camella’s master-planned communities stand out from the pack for having ample open spaces suitable for many outdoor activities for families and their pets. Known for its quality homes and beautiful landscapes, Camella remains a sensible choice for many Filipino families. With an enclosed living space monitored by round-the-clock security, pet owners do not have to be burdened by their pets getting lost outside the vicinity.
Adopting pets could be as huge and rewarding a responsibility as taking care of little kids. Without a doubt, it comes with its own set of precautions and daily considerations. From making sure they are safe and well-fed, taking them on necessary trips to the vet, cleaning up after their mess and whatnots, raising pets is a serious commitment. Before having them in the house, every member of the family must be educated about pet rearing. Whatever the type of pet, it is vital to note that responsible pet ownership demands time, affection, and investment.
Taking pets home is easy in Camella. With spaces to run around its master-planned communities, families and pets alike can have their taste of activity and freedom. The trusted homebuilder also designs house and lots so that everyone’s hyperactive furry friends have their space. Check out the selection of house and lots for sale here.