To live in harmony with our cats and dogs we need to make sure that they can be integrated into our homes and lives without causing chaos. If you are design conscious you will want your interior to remain super chic!
I have to say at this point I am not fussed to keep my pets off the furniture – but it does help if they match!! I draw the line at kitchen worktops or dining tables and a water spray is the way to go they soon learn what is ok and what is not.
Meet our crew:
Amber (6 years) is a British Blue from Zurich
Silvie, her sister.
Dexter (aprox 3 years) found by friends of friends on an Athens motorway
Just before I start on the home, when you are out and about it is good to know that there are some lovely products to keep your pet pooch safe whilst in the car. So important is safety for the dog and the passengers in the car that here in Switzerland it is a Sfr.600 about £500 fine if your dog is not wearing a harness seatbelt – or locked in the doggy prison in the boot.
Ok now for the house!
First challenge in keeping your house clean is keeping the outdoors … well outdoors!
A dog cleaning station at the side of the house or in a utility room if you have space is a very useful idea. This is also great for muddy wellies or muddy children!
A large sink for smaller dogs or if you have large dogs a shower in your mud room or utility room is brilliant!
Keep a pile of towels by every entrance door (I have a stash of taupe/beige from Ikea that look fine with the decor too). In my upcoming renovation I will have a dog shower by our kitchen door for Dexter who is large and can get very muddy! Also for our muddy wellies and muddy children too!
Don’t feel guilty to section of parts of the house you want to be dog-free…
Find a way to integrate your dog’s bed into the design of the room
Or if you want something portable with a portable dog…
The same for our feline friends…
A bit of upcycling….
Cat’s need something to scratch, and if you don’t want it to be your furniture then get them their own cat tree… A quick scoosh (is that a Scottish word only?) of the water spray and in a few scooshes they have learned what not to scratch it is an amazing invention! My cats also get a treat and lots of praise if I see them scratching their post.
Wrap rope around a stool ….
Or some traffic/sports hall cones….
Or make a natural sculpture for the corner of your room….
Keeping things hygienic is important for our health especially if you have cats who use a litter tray … (too much information!) Your local pet store has many covered litter trays some with build in carbon air filters… however, in my renovation I will run a tunnel through the wall from the kitchen to an outdoor litter area which will be open to the garden during the day and locked at night… I keep my cats in only at night – call me overprotective but we live next to a forest and have huge foxes!
It will probably look something like this.. Will share that post as it happens….
For those who cannot let their cats out, e.g. if they live next to a busy road, then there is always the CATIO…
You could also make a cat flap from your hallway to your garage…
Or find a way to integrate it into an apartment without outside space…. From this basic Ikea hack
Or upcycling an old chest…..
An eco way to remove cat or dog odours is using plain white table vinegar. Keep an open glass jar of it next to the litter box and all odour will be gone. Cleaning out the litter daily and sprinkling some cedar wood chips is also an eco way to keep things fresh….
I hope you might have found a few inspirations for your pets at home.
BTW today 29th December is….