4 Tips for Creating a Peaceful, Pet-Friendly House
Home insurance covers many perils—including storms, fires, and vandals. But sadly, you won’t find a policy that covers damage caused by pets. So, if you have a furry friend, design and furnish your space with it in mind. Take a look at these ideas for a pet-friendly house.
Smooth, Durable Flooring
As you know, many pets shed. So, if you’ve got a long-haired dog or cat, you’ll need to clean up after it often. That means you should skip wall-to-wall carpeting and large rugs in your pet-friendly house. Instead, opt for smooth, simple flooring that you can sweep and mop easily. Or choose colors that match your pet’s fur if you really want to use rugs.
Also, think about how easily your floors can get scratched or stained. Larger pets will leave marks on materials such as hardwood, so consider using more durable flooring, like ceramic tile.
Just like flooring, your furniture will need to repel hair. So, avoid fabrics like velvet and chintz in favor of smooth, hardy materials like Crypton or leather. You also might want to avoid using a lot of wood furniture in a pet-friendly house to discourage animals from using your prized pieces as chew toys. Instead, find chairs and tables with metal legs that will hold up better under teeth and claws.
Purchase bedding that’s both comfortable and washable—especially if your pets sleep with you. Also, avoid white, and instead, opt for darker colors that will hide stains. And always use a mattress protector because owning a pet just gets messy.
No one likes it when a pet tracks mud through the home—particularly on the carpet. But it’s going to happen. That’s why you need to prepare a space by your front entrance where you can wipe down your fur baby before it covers your floors in paw prints. Place a durable rug by the door along with pet wipes and a towel so you can prevent disaster in your carefully designed pet-friendly house.
Reminder: As you prep your house for an animal, take a moment to check your home insurance. Most policies offer liability coverage in case a pet harms someone. However, this coverage typically excludes more aggressive breeds of dogs. Those exclusions vary by company, but they usually involve the following dogs: Akita, American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull), Chow, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Shar-pei, and Wolf Hybrid. If you own a dog, make sure your policy covers it.