Pets can make any house more lively and fun, but they need to be cared for in some of the same ways that parents care for their children. When you have a pet, you need to keep an eye on where it goes, what it eats, and how healthy it is. Whether you have a cat, a dog, or a smaller animal as a pet, it will have its own funny habits and fits that will make you love it.
But the most important thing is to always keep your pet safe and out of harm’s way. Your pet can be hurt by things both inside and outside of its body. For example, if you have a cat that never sits down and likes to roam around the house, it may get into small spaces and hurt itself trying to get in or out.
Because of this, it is very important to make sure that your pets are 100% safe and comfortable in your home. So, to help you out, we’ve put together the best do-it-yourself ideas for making your home pet-friendly. The best part is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to follow these ideas. Pets like to chew on the corners and exposed wood parts of your furniture and leave marks on them. You can stop your pet from doing this, though, with a simple trick. You can make your own corner guards for pets just like the ones in this video.
All you need are some cardboard pieces, a glue gun, and tape. Since this do-it-yourself guard is clear, it doesn’t change the way your furniture looks. Interestingly, you can also use this trick to cover any sharp or pointed metal surface that could hurt your pet. If you’re tired of filling in the holes in your garden that your dog dug to go “do their business,” here’s a way to solve your problem. You can make a toilet area for your pet with landscape fabric, pea gravel, landscape pins, and a border of your choice.
This probably wouldn’t take more than a couple of hours and might keep your pet from digging up your grass. Here is a video that goes into detail about how to build the DIY pet toilet. Some pet owners fill their DIY toilet with fake grass or wood mulch, but pea gravel is the best choice because it doesn’t smell or absorb anything, even after a long time. You will still have to clean up the mess, though. You may have noticed that cats, in particular, like to rub their fur against walls and other surfaces. Rubbing spreads the cat’s scent and is a common way for cats to talk to each other and mark their territory. Cats are very territorial, and when a cat rubs up against a wall, it leaves a scent that lets other cats know this is their territory. But the rubbing makes your walls dirty, and it can be a pain to clean them.
Cats also like to scratch walls and furniture. This can cause more trouble. Not only does it damage the furniture and wall coverings, but cats tend to lick themselves all over. So if any paint gets on their fur, it could also end up in their stomachs. When your pet eats the chemicals in the wall paint, it can cause allergies and lung infections, among other things. Cats often scratch the walls because their claws are too long, and the hard surface of the wall is a good place for them to sharpen and trim their claws. It could also mean they are bored. The best way to stop this is to keep their nails trimmed (your vet can tell you how to do this) and give them scratching posts and other ways to mark their scent and keep them from getting bored.
If your pet likes to rub up against the walls, you can make them easier to clean by painting them with washable satin or glossy paint.
Less dirt will stick to the paint, making it easier to clean. Your pet might stop rubbing up against the walls as time goes on. Indoor plants like sago, lilies, cyclamen, etc. can make your pets sick in many ways, from making them throw up to killing their kidneys. To keep your pet healthy, it is very important to get rid of these plants from your home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have plants at home if you have a pet.
There are a lot of other options that are safe for pets, like the parlor palm, spider plants, African violets, succulents, etc. These plants will make your home look nice, and if your pet chews on them, it won’t hurt them. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a list of plants that are dangerous to pets if you want to learn more (ASPCA). Also, if you have a large garden with a lot of unwanted plants. To get rid of plants in your garden that could hurt your pets, it’s best to always use a safe weed killer spray.