If you bring home a new member of your family, such as a cat or a dog, your dwelling changes. Pets inevitably leave hair, scratches and stains around the home, so you’ll need to do you best to protect your pristine home from too much unwanted wear and tear.

Of course, it requires lots of effort to protect the home interior from damage from your four-legged companions, but you’ll deal with it. Here are some key issues to consider.

Trim Their Nails

Trim your pets paws to help prevent unwanted scratching on furniture in your home
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Trimming your pet’s nails will protect your floor and furniture from scratching. If you want to trim their nails by yourself, be very careful because some pets, such as cats or pugs, for example, scream when they see scissors close to their paws. To avoid wounds on your bestie’s paws, delegate this exploit to the vet or your groomer. They’re professionals in their fields and are well versed on handling your pet with care.

Buy Pet-friendly Rugs

Accessorize your floor with pet-friendly rugs, such as those made of sisal or seagrass. They’re durable, affordable and can prevent damage occurring to more expensive carpets.

Choose Hard Surface Floors

If you have a large dog, a hardwood floor isn’t a good idea because your pet can easily scratch it. Marble or other natural materials aren’t pet-proof because acids that our pets have in their spit can stain them.

The best bet for you is a ceramic tile. This is because you can easily clean it off. Also, it’s resistant to any stains. If your four-legged friend is fluffy, it has a cool place to rest and sleep.

Avoid Decorating With Small and Breakable Items

Think about what accessories you put on windowsills if you have cats in your home
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Puppies and kittens have a tendency to be lively, jumping and running around your home, so any small or breakable items could be at risk of damage You could hide them from your furry companions and wait while they become adults, or you could move them to places where they won’t get knocked.

To reduce your pet’s desire to get breakable items, keep them busy and encourage them to play with their own toys. Hopefully they’ll be passionate about playing with the toy and likely to pay less attention to fragile things in your house.

Move Plants To Inaccessible Location

There is the same story with your house plants. Our furry companions are often curious about plants, wanting to see what’s in the pot, knock them over or even try eating them. Some plants can be dangerous to cats and dogs, so do your research and ensure the plants you have are pet-friendly.

House plants can be moved to places or rooms that are out of your pets reach.

Treat Your Pet With Healthy Food

A healthy diet is the basis of a clean home, because if the food you buy doesn’t fit your four-legged companion, there could end up being a lot of unexpected stains in your dwelling.

Before buying any pet foods, ensure that the ingredients in it are safe for your bestie.  Ask your vet for pet food recommendations and buy top rated puppy food from reliable manufacturers. It’s also helpful to read reviews and look out for any product recalls, such as the Tiny Tiger cat food recall.

Choose Durable and Washable Fabrics of Furniture

Cute black and white rescue cat making itself at home on the back of a sofa
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Blankets cosy your home up. But your dwelling can lose its cosiness if your pet scratches your furniture, cushions or blankets. Aim to choose fabrics your pet can’t damage. For example, you can buy cotton, wool, fleece, acrylic, or polyester blankets. Check out these tips for more ideas on how to keep your home clean when living with pets.