Tips for Pet Proofing Your Home
Fido or Fifi love to join you in bed? Rest easier with a machine washable duvet cover, rather than a comforter. Or, put down a blanket or throw to give your pet a designated place to crash, be it on the bed, sofa, chair or elsewhere.
Anything delicate (e.g., silk or linen)
Velvet — It’s a pet hair magnet.
Button tufting — Pets might be tempted to pull on the buttons, and the deep crevices can trap fur.
Wicker — It’s the ultimate cat scratching post.
Loop pile — Though a very tight woven loop might work fine.
Combing and brushing your pets, especially during shedding season, is good for them and your furniture. Regular doggie baths and nail trims for cats and dogs help keep fabrics fresh and free of snags.
Without toys to play with, pets might look to your furniture as the next best thing. For those with an itch to scratch, a heavy piece of leather or jute slung over furniture might well suffice.
Good vacuums don’t come cheap but they pay for themselves over time. One with strong suction and a pet tool pack can really cut down on your cleanup time.
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