|5) Switch fabrics. I love silk and wool but they are not pet-friendly. With body oils and nails, there is often enough damage from one 'leap' to cause me to want to re-cover. Crypton has some fabulous colors and patterns and the fabric is stain, soil and bacteria resistant. Ultrasuede takes the place of velvet quite nicely.You may be in love with gorgeous silk bedspreads or drapes, but cats will think nothing of shredding the fabric to pieces. Mine are attracted to the scent and lick it. Choose fabrics - try to select pet-friendly colors - like cotton/polyester blends and Crypton, that fur won't stick to, also won’t attract your pet to use it as a scratch post or a chew toy. When selecting fabrics, pillows, flooring, etc....try to select colors that work with your pet. A white marble floor for a black lab isn't practical so try a deep taupe tile or ebony bamboo flooring! You get the idea. Tapestry and other heavy woven fabrics can work well but beware of too much texture since it is a claw magnet and could pull. If you just can’t part with a favorite piece of furniture – think slip covers. Take note of exposed wood on your furniture. That, like wicker, rattan and sisal will serve as a teething toy for your new puppy, whereas metal or chrome will keep them searching for another source. When you need a quick solution, fleece throws are generally inexpensive and easy to wash!|
6) Window Treatments: Your cats will love to sun themselves in a sunny window. So beware that cords and also entangle a cat or dog. My cats jump on the window sill and the dogs want to know who just drove up in the driveway. Although there are some fabulous window treatments for all styles, consider using blinds that you can raise and lower so they stay out of the way; use safety cords for pets too. Roman shades, wood and woven blinds, and roller shades are all good choices. If you must cover a window all the time, consider the use of sheer fabrics since they allow dogs to look out while enabling access to the window sill for cats.
10) Create barriers. This refers to a literal barrier to prohibit pets from using certain areas in your home.There are some beautiful wooden fences at Frontgate, and may be perfect for puppies and kittens. Create a barrier between the litter box and the floor with boot trays that capture litter and make it easy to pull out and clean the boxes. Some cats don't like enclosed boxes...but that's another option.