10 Signs of a Pet-Friendly Home

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Anyone who’s ever owned and loved a pet can attest to this: They’re much more than just animals. They’re family. And they require an incredible amount of devotion and attention. Sometimes, however, our pets are the last “people” we think about when moving to a new home or redecorating. But their specific needs should be at the top of any pet lover’s list when making decisions that can significantly impact the quality and safety of their lives.

To give you a hand in ensuring that your home (new, remodeled or otherwise) is laid out in the best interest of your furry family members, we’ve come up with a list of the top 10 signs of a pet-friendly home.

1. A Room of Their Own

Surely, we’re not talking about devoting an entire room of your home just to your pet, are we? Yes, we are. Even though they like to follow us everywhere we go, sometimes our pets need a space of their own where they can retreat and chill out when the din of family life gets to be a little too much for their oversensitive ears. One of the signs of a truly pet-friendly home is a room, dog/cat house or outside area filled with safe toys, comfortable bedding and food and water dishes. The conscientious pet owner will also go to great lengths to make sure that there are no exposed wires or cables that pets can get to, and install plastic wall socket covers to avoid shocking surprises.

2. A Well-Vacuumed Home

One of the hallmarks of a pet-friendly home is a clean house that's free of dust and dirt accumulation. Certain allergens can affect your pet’s health, and greatly decrease their quality of life. When tending to your spic-and-span environment, it’s also important to avoid cleaning products that could harm your pets.

3. Secure and Screened-In Windows

The more rambunctious the pets, the greater the danger that they’ll test your home’s weak spots. One of the greatest dangers to your pets are windows that can easily fall open or open windows that lack safety screens.

4. Locked or Babyproofed Cabinets

Who says babyproofing is just for toddlers? Your pets can be incredibly proficient at getting into areas that you wouldn’t think they’d be capable of accessing, including cabinets that contain harmful cleaning products and other chemicals. If you’re sharing your digs with your pet, be sure to always keep these types of products out of reach in locked or babyproofed cabinets.

5. A Fenced-In Backyard

Even if you never let your pet into the backyard alone, and are always there to supervise, there's no guarantee that even the most well-behaved dog won’t go on the chase if the stimulus is there. Having a fenced-in backyard that will keep your pets in (and others out) is vital to keeping them safe. You should also make it a habit to regularly check that your yard is free of poisonous mushrooms and plants.

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