7 Pet Tips To Keep In Mind When Renovating
From adding a few shelves to significant remodeling, more people are considering their fur babies when making improvements.
Cats are notorious for being territorial. Adding window perches and shelves to walls can decrease this urge. The added space improves a cat’s visual stimulation and increases their “routes” so each cat has its own “space.”
6. Keeping Your Pets Clean
More homeowners installing dedicated doggy shower to offset getting dirty paw prints over their home. Pet tubs or showers can be installed indoors or out-of-doors depending on where you live.
5. Keeping Pet Stuff Out Of Sight
Such items, such as cat litter boxes, should be easy-to-access but discreetly hidden. Small entryway closets to mudroom benches have served as disguised litter boxes.
4. Letting Indoor Cats Out-Of-Doors
“Catios” are spaces that cats can access through an exterior door or window. This helps to increase visual, mental, and scent stimulation. However, care must be taken to make sure the materials are strong enough so that wild animals will not prey upon them.
3. Protecting Your Pet From Loud Noises
Owners of over ⅓ of the 70 million dogs in the U.S. report that loud noises make their dogs anxious. That can be a big problem during thunderstorms or celebrations. Worried homeowners have added soundproofing to their laundry rooms or designated closets. Putting a rug down on a hard floor can also offset the reverberation sometimes felt during storms or fireworks.
More homeowners are adding heated floors to ease their dog’s arthritic pain as they grow older
Different size pets require different size stairs. Experts recommend:
- Small pets up to 12 pounds: 3-3 ⅜ inches high, 5 inches deep, 10-14 inches wide
- Medium size pets up to 50 pounds: 6.5 inches high, 6.5 inches deep, 17 inches wide
- Large dogs up to 200 pounds: 7 inches high, 10 inches deep, 17 inches wide