Renovating your living space is a tedious process. Considering all the major considerations you can’t afford to forget, is it easy to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. There’s the need to ensure all members will benefit from the project. You also need to ensure the safety, convenience, and comfort of everyone in the household. The deed can become an even more complex subject when you have pets or plan to adopt one soon.
Having pets is both a blessing and a privilege. Not everyone can be a responsible pet parent. This is why pet parents feel the need to change their home not just for their own sake but for the life of their beloved pet parents.
Many challenges can come barging down your way once you start planning a home renovation. Some usual renovation dilemmas pet parents face are as follows.
Keeping Pets Safe During the Renovation
Not all renovation projects will require your family and your pet to move out. You could only be renovating one part of your home, and you still have enough living space throughout the duration of the renovation. It only becomes a must that you try every trick possible to secure pets.
Dedicate a spot where your pooch can stay while the renovation is ongoing. Make sure they don’t have access to the parts of the house being renovated. Ensure they have everything they might need.
Even if your pup is now in a crate, it is best to secure the area being renovated. Make sure to practice good housekeeping, which is essentially cleaning up tools, equipment, and other materials that can harm your pet. You don’t want to end up having to take your pooch to the vet just because it got hurt while wandering around the renovation site.
Can’t bear leaving them in a secluded area? Or maybe you fear your puppy not being able to handle all the noise or all the dust and chemicals your pooch may be exposed to during the renovation? Then consider other housing options for your pooch like dog daycare, dog boarding, or asking a fellow pet parent to watch over your pet during renovation.
Choosing the Right Projects
Pet-proofing the house is essential when you own a pet or two. You want your newly renovated home to be beautiful, long-lasting, and can accommodate your and your pet’s needs. But then, not all projects would work when you have a dog who loves to run around the house and lick everything they set their eyes on.
It is crucial that you choose your projects wisely. Consider your pet’s behavior among all the other considerations when renovating. This way, you can be sure that your new investment is worthy and long-lasting.
For instance, you plan on renovating the kitchen and want new floors to be installed. One of the best options you can choose is vinyl flooring for your kitchen. These are stain-resistant, waterproof, low maintenance, easy to clean, and beautiful.
When it comes to your furniture, it is best to avoid leather furniture as dogs cats love scratching on leather. If you must choose leather, choose heavily coated leather. Genuine leather is tough and too thick for a pet’s claw to scratch or puncture.
Keeping Your Pet’s Routine
Pets thrive with a routine. But while renovating the house, you may be too busy to keep up with your daily habits. Your pet may not be comfortable with all the changes happening, along with the noise, constant traffic, and the presence of strangers around the house.
Your pet could now be sleeping elsewhere, be it the guestroom, a friend’s house, your mom’s place, or even at the doggy daycare. A sudden change in their routine can have an impact on your pup. As much as possible, try to stick to their old routine even if you are busy with the renovation.
Try to feed your pet on time, walk them out to exercise, and go to the bathroom. Allow your pup to socialize with other dogs and people if he is already trained to do so. Make your pet feel that you still love and care about them deeply by maintaining their routine.
A home renovation can be overwhelming for you, your family, and your pet. This is why you should always keep them in mind before starting the renovation; Think about their needs, safety, and comfort. As much as you want the renovation to be a success, you also ought to remember that your pet is your responsibility.