Nowadays, families with pets are very common: dogs, cats, rabbits and many other species. However, we often do not immediately realize how much activity and movement animals do. Today we explain how to ensure that animals and furniture can live together well.
Furniture in the home can be ruined if your pet nibbles or scratches them, or simply get spoiled by the dirt generated. Anyone who has had one or more pets knows this well.
Fortunately, there are several formulas that allow the union between animals and furniture, aimed at ensuring that the animal, even when it remains alone, does not spoil the furniture and learn to respect the objects and to know what it can and cannot do. Let’s find out how to make the coexistence between animals and furniture work.
Animals and furniture: education is everything
Animals, just like children, they follow an education process that allows them to learn what is correct, what is important and how to manage the activities of the day.
We will have to become the parents and professors of our animals, especially if we take them when they are puppies. It is indeed after a few months of life that one must be incisive with education, scolding them when something is wrong and correcting them.
It is essential, for example, that the animal learns not to get on the couch, not to get their nails on the carpet or not to do their needs outside the litter box. It is also important that the animal learns that there are timetables, both for eating and for leaving the house.
– Give your pet everything he gives to you –
Advice if you have a cat
Cats they are very independent animals that do not require the constant company of man; however, they can prove to be the worst species when it comes to living with furniture: they usually throw objects on the floor, scratch furniture, pee on the floor … what measures can we take?
- Teach your cat right away that needs are made in the litter box and not where he wants. Once learned, it will do it mechanically.
- Fragile objects such as vases, mirrors or porcelain should not be placed at easy-to-reach heights; your cat will always look for a corner or a shelf to climb on.
- Teach him not to get his nails on the couch or rug. At first you will have to keep up with him to make sure he doesn’t, but over time he will learn that he is wrong. If you have a wooden or wicker surface, give it to him and his claws.
- Get him a comfortable bed and make sure you always use it for sleeping. It is better to avoid approaching the sofa or bed.
- Feed it in a place that is easy to clean, since it could leave food remains all around. A serious mistake would be to feed him in the living room: better to opt for the kitchen, the courtyard or the balcony.
Animals and decor: Advice if you have a dog
The dog is a more dependent animal; if you live in an apartment right in the center, maybe it’s not the most suitable animal to keep at home, while you will be better off in a house in the middle of the countryside.
- You will have to teach him that getting on the couch is forbidden. Give him a place of his own to sleep.
- The food room must be the kitchen, the courtyard or the balcony, never in the living room or in the bedroom to prevent it from staining the floor.
- Don’t give him access to the rooms in the house where you don’t want dirt to enter. The kitchen can be one of the best places to have it stay longer.
- Teach them not to bite furniture or furnishings.
- Set routine schedules, both to take him for a walk and to make him do the needs. Better not to constantly change his habits.
- Wash it frequently to prevent it from generating a bad smell.
Advice for other types of animals
Dogs and cats are the most common pets, but there are many others that populate our homes. Among these we find the rabbit, which does not dirty and does not cause as much damage as the previous two, but which must be kept in a cage to eat and do its needs. If you leave it free, check that it does not bite into cables or furniture.
Hamsters are increasingly found in the home; as long as they live in the cages they do not cause any problems, but if you let them run around the house they could bite some piece of furniture or sow dirt.
Finally, we need to name a ferret, a species that is increasingly seen in our homes. These are agile and fast animals that could throw things down. Be careful not to keep fragile or valuable objects in too exposed places.