Keeping a pet at home is fascinating. They’re more than just animals. Hence we need to make sure our furry friends are comfortable in our home! They need a lot of attention and their space, just like little children do. Most people do not realise the needs and requirements of their pets which lead to a messy atmosphere. Getting your pooch toilet trained is not the only element of a healthy home!
Here are a few ways to make sure your home becomes a comfort zone for your furry family member!
1. See the house through your pet’s eyes.
- Once you start thinking like your pet, you will become conscious of all the little corners a puppy would love to explore and get trapped.
- When little puppies develop teeth, they like to chew on objects. Get rid of loosely hanging wires, small pebbles, toys, strings, etc. that could be hazardous if swallowed.
- We understand the love you have for your pets and how much you love sharing your food with them. But make sure you keep them away from these certain foods. Dogs especially are not accumulated to food like raisins, grapes, coffee beans and chocolates. These are toxic to them.
2. Make a napping place for your pets.
Like how we have a bedroom in our house, our pets also need their comfort zone to sleep in or spend some personal time. So, do build a little corner for them!
Some of the ways you can do so are:
- Make space for a bed or a dog carpet under a high raised table.
- Living in the cities like Mumbai, you do have space issues. In this case, look for a bed that can be flipped down from a cabinet during nap times and flipped back into its original position later.
- Keep all the bedding areas clean and tidy. You don’t want your pets to catch infections or insects on their body.
3. Make their ‘me-time’ place.
Apart from a sleeping area, sometimes pets also need their space. You can make them one.
- While keeping pets inside a cabinet, make sure the door has proper ventilation, and your pooch doesn’t feel trapped. Such places work very well for the small breed, asocial dogs and cats. Although cats are not particular about their space, shoe boxes or open drawers are some places they love to nap in.
- Create kennels for your pets. Animals, especially dogs are sensitive to noise. During Diwali, the sound of crackers is almost deafening for them. They get terrified. So building a place where they feel safe and comfortable is essential.
For an ideal kennel size, measure your dog from the nose to its tail for length, while it is standing. For its height, measure your dog as it sits because some dogs are taller while sitting. Add around two to four inches to both the measurements.
4. Give your pets their dining space.
Feed them in a designated corner in their bowl, so they get trained to do so, and there is less food mess in the house. Even when you get a visit from your friends and family, ask them not to feed your pets in random corners of the house. Instruct children and ask your scared Rinky Aunty not to throw food at your pet, hoping it would stop barking at her.
5. Organise a place of their belongings.
Pet toys, medication, leash, collars, grooming kit, dry food, etc. have to be kept in a place that you can access quickly and easily. If you can try and arrange them near your main door, it will be better. This will ensure that you don’t have to run around in the house when your dog wants to run out for a nature’s call. But make sure your pet doesn’t reach this place of all his favourite items to avoid a mad, doggie avalanche!
6. Supervise their walking space.
Little puppies, old dogs and cats, in general, can slip down from stairs and land in up an injury. Make sure you supervise their movements. While climbing up stairs or running around with muddy, watery feet, your cutie could hurt itself out of excitement. So, avoid slippery flooring if you can and make sure nobody runs around the house after someone screams, ‘yahan pe pochaa lagaya hai’!
7. Keep pet litters away from sight.
Not everyone who enters your home wants to check on how well your cat is pooping. Cat litter can be quiet a mess. So make a little space behind shut but ventilated doors for cat litter and train your cat to use it always.
8. A strict no to sleeping or climbing on your bed.
We understand the immense love you have for your pets. But do not allow them to climb upon your beds. All furry animals have hair fall that could be dangerous for you if inhaled or swallowed.
Instead, get them a dog carpet to relax on. There are times when you go for walks on a rainy day, and your pets come in with dirty feet, leaving your bed and home stained and messy.
9. Camouflaging pet hair.
Pets will have some amount of hair fall no matter what. So it is best to go for carpets or furniture that almost matches the colour of your pet. Go for a nude to skin coloured carpet if you have a golden Labrador or brown coloured furniture for a brown cat.
10. Pets and plants don’t make a great pair.
Common houseplants become a threat to domestic animals. Lilies, Tulips, Chrysanthemum, Oleander, etc. are a few harmful ones. They are toxic to ingest and can poison your furry friends. So be certain to buy pet safe plants for your home.
11. Keep your house clean.
Housepets need proper toilet training. Get your house thoroughly washed every month and make sure to clean it through every nook and corner every day. Remember to refill cat litters at regular intervals and maintain the hygiene of all their toilet areas.
A clean home leads to a clean lifestyle for you and your pets!
A few bonus tips for other small pets!
Keep in mind the location of their cage and make sure it is not accessible by stray or neighbourhood dogs and cats. You don’t want your bird to fall prey to them. Keep the cage clean and do not place it anywhere close to your kitchen. Birds have a sensitive respiratory system, and fumes from non-stick cookware can be lethal.
Be convinced that your fish tank needs to placement on a large and stable surface. If you have a cat or birds, prohibit them from coming very close to the take. They might want to kill your Nemo.
3. Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs
These animals are not very attention demanding. They are also easy to toilet train. When left out of the cage, make sure to block all corners of your room blocked, so they do not hide or get suffocated in them.
These were just a few ways to make your home completely ready for your furry member! Always remember, understand the behaviour of your pets and make them comfortable accordingly. Pets are a part of a family, and a healthy home leads to a healthy family lifestyle.
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