Pets, especially dogs and cats can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness,
encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring
for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable
companionship for older adults.
Bringing home, a pet? You’re in for a roller-coaster ride. Not only will the pet bring you
immense joy and happiness, but it will also bring testing days ahead as a new family addition
always takes time and effort to settle in. Whether your new pet is young or old, what’s very
important is that you create a space that will allow your pet to feel comfortable and safe.
These design and organizational tips will help you carve out a special place in your home for
the new member, where he or she can grow and bloom.
It is time, to make your home pet ready. Here are some of the easy steps.
1. Create bed space for your dogs
One of the foremost concerns that new pet parents express is that of investing in a bed for dogs. But what you should be more worried about is allocating a space for your dog to rest and unwind without coming in the midst of foot traffic during the day.
2. Niches work amazingly well for small breeds and cats
Small dog breeds, especially the non-social, timid kinds, are likely to benefit from this. They need to be near their family to feel secure without risking shocks (for them and their humans) from getting tripped over. Creating a small bedding area in the nook of the living room, kitchen or any chosen space will reduce their anxiety, allowing them to be close to their family while keeping them from coming underfoot.
3. Create makeshift kennels inside your house for busy days
As most dogs in India are kept indoors, it might be a good idea to create a small kennel space under the desk in the living room or under the dining space when entertaining. This will not only help put your guests at ease in case they are not used to dealing with an animal but will also help your pet feel included in the social gatherings.
4. Give them their own dining space
Having a clear, designated clean corner to feed your pet is a must. Choose a spot that is away from foot traffic, is easy to clean, and is spacious enough for your pet. Do remember to store your pet food in a place that is out of your pet’s reach.
5. Organize accessories in one place
Organizing is important when stashing away your pet’s toys, dry food, medicines, grooming kit, and accessories. Keeping it all in one place ensures you and your pet know where to find whatever you need whenever you may need it.
6. Pet-proof your house
The experience of caring for a pet is similar to raising a child. An unsupervised puppy or kitten is likely to be exposed to a lot of hazardous things around the house, so it is important to follow these pet-proofing tips to prevent accidents.
7. Build to suit your cat’s instincts
Pets are extremely curious by nature. They are likely to climb, scratch and hide under your furniture for hours. Building them walkways and tunnels will not only distract them from your furniture, but it will also give them an outlet to channel their feline instincts.
8. Keep cat litter out of sight
If your house doesn’t have access to a balcony or an open, private space, try using a cabinet space near the floor to conceal cat litter. Here, an interesting cat outline for its entry and exit lets visitors know that the space is strictly cordoned off for the cat’s business.
9. Creating a wet area for your dog means less mess in your own bathroom
If you have additional space in your laundry room, storage room or a spare bathroom, then consider creating a raised platform and including a hand shower in it. This will be your pet’s bathing station. Also, it will be a boon during the monsoons when your pup walks in with muddy paws and underbelly and needs a quick wash. This effectively saves you from having to clean up a bathroom after cleaning the dog.
10. Plants and pets generally do not mix
If your space is cohabited by a pet dog or cat, be wary of introducing plant varieties without doing thorough research. Many plants are extremely toxic when ingested and may cause abdominal cramps, vomiting, or convulsions. Other plants with thorns, like a rose bush or a cactus, can inflict physical harm to furry babies.
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