Of course, our pets have days where the damage they do is intentional, yet not malicious. Other days, they have accidents or incidents that just so happen to damage our prized possessions or properties. Some things are easy to anticipate, so you try to keep them out of reach of sharp claws and teeth, but there will always be some unavoidable instances.
Thankfully, there are some preventative ways to keep your home intact with destructive pets to help ease your mind from day-to-day.
Shelving that sits on the floor can act as a scratching post or a jungle gym for our more limber pets. If you can mount floating shelves to display the items that are important to you, you can relieve your room of a piece of furniture that is multipurpose in all the wrong ways.
There’s no guarantee that a daring feline wouldn’t attempt to jump to a floating shelf, but they can be shallow and filled with books, plants, pictures, or décor enough to be a deterrent.
Consider Flooring Options
Carpet is a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to pet ownership. Though it absorbs sounds, such as barking, better and reduces the clicking of claws you may experience with solid surface flooring, it can quickly become damaged—whether from accidents or being torn up.
If you’re looking to upgrade, consider scratch-resistant flooring such as laminate or coat hardwood with a nice protective sheen. A little wood filler or floor putty can reduce the evidence of scratches as needed.
Install a Pet Screen
There’s another area of our homes that seems to get damaged, but you probably only think about it in warmer months. Pets can wreak havoc on our screens; between getting their nails caught or accidentally running right through them. As such, look to invest in a durable pet screen. This type of screen is more durable, thicker, and scratch-resistant to prevent your pets from escaping into the unknown outdoors and maintain the look of the screens on your lower windows and doors.
There are many ways to keep your home intact with destructive pets. It’s amazing what we’ll allow in the name of love for these little guys. At the end of the day, we know they don’t mean to destroy the things we love or work hard for.
Setting your home up with preventative measures will allow you and your pets to live more cohesively and worry less about damage to the home.