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Getting a pet is a big decision. On top of setting aside time and money to provide your pet with the care it needs, it could be important to make changes to your home. Certain home improvements could be worthwhile for the safety and well-being of your pet, while others could be essential for keeping your home clean and healthy. Below are just a few of the different home improvements to consider.

Home Improvements To Consider When Getting Pets | Lifestyle

Swap carpets for hard floors

Carpets are not the best choice of flooring if you have pets. Fur and dirt can end up getting trod in and can be hard to remove. Even hamsters and rats will kick up bedding that will be hard to get out of a carpet. Cats meanwhile have a tendency to tear up carpets with their claws.

Hard floors like wood, laminate and tile are much easier to clean, and won’t get as damaged. While it’s true that they aren’t as easy on some animals’ joints, breaking up hard flooring with rugs can be a simple solution to this. Choose machine-washable rugs to make cleaning easy.  

Flooring companies will be able to help you explore a range of different hard floors and handle the installation process for you. That said, there are some drop-fit flooring choices that you may be able to install yourself.

Install a cat flap

Getting a cat? If you’re happy with your cat going outdoors, you may want to consider installing a cat flap in one of your exterior doors. This could prevent you having to keep a door or window open – which could be important for heat control and security.

It’s also possible to install dog flaps. These are larger and could be worthwhile if you don’t mind your dog roaming in and out of your backyard. 

Add a stair gate

Some owners don’t like to let their dogs go upstairs. Dog’s joints don’t react well to stairs, plus not everyone wants dog fur on their bed.

Stair gates are a simple solution that can block access to your stairs. Many stair gates are adjustable in order to fit different width staircases and be easily installed oneself. Many are even suitable for renters and don’t require any screws. 

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Turn a cupboard into a pet nook

Ex-larders and cupboards under the stairs can make great pet nooks for placing animal beds and toys. This can provide a private space for your cat or dog to retreat to.

Pet nooks can even be used to place fish tanks, bird cages or rodent cages. For animals that are nocturnal, it may not matter if these nooks don’t get much sunlight.

Buy an air purifier

An air purifier is an overlooked piece of technology in homes with pets. These machines help to remove contaminants from the air to improve air quality. Such contaminants could include pet dander or straw from rodent cages.

Extracting these contaminants could make the air more breathable for those with allergies and could also help to get rid of pet smells such as wet dog or dirty rodent cage smells. Air purifiers come in many shapes and sizes – including tabletop options and floorstanding devices. 

Choose pet-friendly furniture

Some sofa materials like silk and velvet will quickly be destroyed by pets. It is more sensible to choose hardier and more easily cleanable materials.

A top choice for sofas is leather. While leather can be susceptible to scratch marks, paw prints can be easily wiped off of it. Microfiber sofas are another option. These are very durable and easy to clean.

Fix up damaged fencing

This one is important if you have dogs. Damaged fencing could provide an escape route for your dog, which could be dangerous if you have busy roads nearby. Take the time to check the perimeter of your backyard and repair any broken posts or panels.

Some forms of fencing are installed deep into the ground. This can prevent dogs digging beneath them. Such fencing can also be useful if you have rabbits. 

Build a pond

While you can keep fish in a bowl or a tank, a pond can be a much healthier and more natural environment for them. If you’d like to get some fish and you’ve got space in your backyard, consider digging a pond. You can do this yourself or hire an expert to help.

Ponds do require quite a bit of maintenance, but you’ll be able to keep more fish in them than you would a tank – plus, they can attract local wildlife such as frogs and dragonflies. 

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