Story by Micaela Arnett / April 7, 2022

Our pets are a part of the family. If you’re looking to adopt but worried about possible damages, why not make your home pet-friendly? Here are some helpful tips and tricks for the best of both worlds; a clean and comfortable home for everyone. Less mess = less stress!  

Invest in pet-friendly furniture

Who doesn’t want to snuggle their furry friends on the couch? Removable, washable cushion covers are available in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns to match whatever look you’re going for. Even white! 

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Store your trash in the pantry or under the sink

Don’t tempt them with a good time to make a mess. Out of sight, out of mind!

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Install screens on your windows and porches

Our pets love fresh air too, let them enjoy it while you work around the house with a pet-friendly safety screen or rails to keep them contained. Consider a small pet door on the porch for hotter days. Easy access to shade for a quick cool-off and a place for an extra bowl of water is essential. 

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Opt for tile flooring or hardwood instead of carpet

Accidents happen, and when they do, it’s easier to toss a washable accent rug in the wash than scrub with a carpet cleaner. Tile and hardwood floors sweep clean quickly and don’t hold on to any pet-related odors like installed carpet can.  

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Cover your pool with a pool covering when not in use

Give them a bit more space to run with a fortified pool covering that is easy to remove. 

If your pet is a swimmer, consider saltwater over chlorine to avoid irritating their skin or eyes.

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Invest in a fenced area

Privacy and safety confidence is unmatched when you fence in your yard. Ditch the lead and let your pet run free.

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