The best DIY suggestions for making your house pet-friendly

The best DIY suggestions for making your house pet-friendly ...

Pets can transform a house into a more livable and fun environment, but they must be taken care of in the same manner as parents take care of their children. Keep an eye on where it goes, what it likes, and make sure that it is healthy.

The most important thing to do is to keep your pet safe and away from danger at all times. There are not just external but internal threats that can harm your pet. For example, if you have a cat that never sits and loves to roam around in the house, it may get into spaces that are too small and may hurt itself while trying to get in or out of the area.

Therefore, it is extremely important to make arrangements in your house to keep your pets 100% safe and at ease. So to assist you with the same, here are some DIY tips to make your pet-friendly home. The best part is, you don't need to make any expensive arrangements to follow these suggestions.

1.Install corner guards.

Pets like to chew and scratch the corners and exposed wood surfaces of your furniture. With a few tools, you can make your own pet-friendly corner guards, similar to those shown in this video.

This DIY guard is non-sticky and does not affect the appearance of your furniture. You may also use it to cover any pointed or sharp metal surface that might harm your pet.

2.Create a DIY pet toilet area.

If you are sick of having your dog dig up their "private business," here is a solution. Using landscape fabric, pea gravel, landscape pins, and any border of your choice, you can construct a dedicated toilet area for your pet. This would take only a couple of hours and might help discourage your dog from digging up your lawn.

Here is a video that explains the basic construction of a DIY pet toilet in depth. Some pet owners prefer synthetic grass or wood mulch to fill their DIY toilet, but pea gravel is the most appropriate because it does not have any unpleasant scent or absorption issues after a long time.

3.Paint your walls.

Cats are territorial, and rubbing their fur against walls and other surfaces is a common way for cats to communicate and mark their territory. However, rubbing also makes your walls a chore to clean.

Cats also scratch furniture and walls. This can cause more damage to the furniture and wall coverings, but cats have a special habit of scratching their entire body. So, if any paint is applied to their fur, it might also penetrate their stomach.

Cats scratch walls because their nails are too long, and the hard wall allows them to sharpen and shorten their claws, as well as providing them with scratching posts and other methods to distract them from their boredom.

You may paint walls with good quality, washable satin or glossy paint to make it easier to clean the walls your pet insists on rubbling against.

The paint will become less dirty and easier to clean. Eventually, your pet may reduce the amount of time they spend rubbing against the walls.

4.Plant plants that are pet-friendly.

Indoor plants such as sago, lilies, cyclamen, etc. can cause various health problems, including vomiting to kidney failure in your pets. Therefore, it is very important to remove these plants from your house to ensure your pet's well-being. However, it does not mean that you cannot keep plants at home.

There are a number of pet-friendly alternatives, including parlor palm, spider plants, African violet, succulents, etc. These plants will enhance your living area and will not harm your pet's health if they are eaten.

If you want to know more about which plants are harmful to your pets, here is a list of toxic plants from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Also, if you have a large garden that has a lot of weeds, use a safe weed killer spray to eradicate those pet-harming plants from your garden.

5.A DIY pet-proof trash can is available.

Pets have a habit of examining garbage cans, particularly those placed in your kitchen, but this habit may have consequences. Waste from trash cans such as thin plastic bags, fruit and vegetable seeds, and spoiled edibles can be harmful to your pet's health, as well as making a mess of your kitchen. However, using inexpensive tools at home, you may make your trash cans pet-proof.

Here is a video suggesting a DIY technique for any ordinary metal trash can. This will prevent your pet from getting into the trash can. Also, a tip - whenever you buy a new dustbin, always get one that has a locking mechanism.

6.Install a protective net to safeguard your pet.

Cats are the most likely animals to fall out of windows, balconies, and other high places. This is because cats like to sit on windowsills and watch the birds and insects fly by. If the cat decides to pursue one, or when surprised by a loud noise, they may leap or fall from the window, balcony, or other high place and become injured.

High Rise Syndrome is a common injury that occurs when people fall from two stories or higher on their balconies and windows, according to veterinarians. However, people living in high-rise buildings (or any building with more than two floors - many cat injuries occur at lower heights) may easily avoid such incidents by installing an anti-fall fence on their balconies and windows.

Here is a video that walks you through the installation of an anti-fall fence. One thing you need to keep in mind when purchasing a net is to always check the stretchability and the size of the holes. Kittens and puppies have very flexible bodies and can jump out of big net holes easily.

7.Pet furniture that is made from DIY materials

If you think the pet sofa bed in the photo is extremely expensive, then you are mistaken. This luxurious pink sofa is made from cardboard boxes, foam, glue, screws, hardboard, pink fake fur, old furniture legs, and white and black fabrics.

This DIY sofa bed will set you back not more than 300 bucks, and it is the perfect present you can give to your adorable pet. Avoid the high prices on pet furniture items that are often on sale in the market, and begin making it yourself. It will save you a lot of money and make your pet proud of you.

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