Making Your Home Pet-Friendly

Nusrat Jahan Pritom

4 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Making Your Home Pet-Friendly

Whether you are a proud dog owner or a happy ‘cat mom/dad’, you are aware of the nature of pets.

Animal psychology is a multidisciplinary field designed to study the behaviors and cognitive processes and these psychologists say that a mature cat or dog’s mentality is similar to that of a child (3 or 4 years old). So, even after a kitten or puppy gets older, they need their playtime. They also need plenty of love and affection. With that said, just like children, they need a lot of safety. Some pet parents feel that making their houses safe for their pets might make it look messy. In fact, many people think that owning cats or dogs may result in messy and smelly houses. While this accusation cannot be overthrown completely as they do make a mess, but there are certain things you can do to make your home a paradise for yourself as well as your pets. If you own a pet or are considering getting one in the future, this is one list you definitely should check:


Cat-proof and dog-proof your house

Even before bringing your pet home, you need to remember to make it a secure haven for them. If you live over second floor, make sure that you put nets on windows and also keep the balcony beyond the reach of your pets. Adding nets to your windows will allow sunlight and air to enter the house and will also keep harmful pests out. Keep sharp objects tucked in cabinets. If there is anything that may hurt your cat or dog, try to remove it from the house or at least keep it somewhere they cannot reach.


Install pet bathrooms

Don’t worry. You don’t need to rearrange the interiors of your house! If you are a dog owner, you could already train them to use human washrooms. Yes, that’s a thing apparently! With cats, you can do the same. However, cats tend to be a bit more independent and prefer doing things their way. For them, use fragrant cat litter as well as an enclosed litter tray that not only gives them privacy but also blends in with the other paraphernalia of the house.


Put playgrounds

Having pets can enhance the fun factor in your house. For example, if you have a cat, install lots of shelves or cabinets where they can sit, sleep, jump around and play. Scratch posts come in all shapes and sizes now, and there are even some which look very artistic for home. Put a shelf for toys for your pet that can look pretty interesting. Incorporate jute baskets and wooden chairs that will not only keep your pet happy but also add aestheticism to the house.


Avoid breakable items

Fragile items and animals don't mix. One bat of a dog's tail or swat of a cat's paw will send your collection of flamingo figurines skittering across the room like bowling pins. If you want such delicate showpieces, put them locked up behind glass doors. Instead, get more fun and interactive things such as pet-friendly plants and furniture, decorative wall art, wind chimes, etc.