Pet owners learn from hard experience that the average household is quite a dangerous place for furry friends. Dogs sneakily flip over kitchen trashcans and wolf down leftovers contaminated with cleaning chemicals. Cats claw the stuffing out of your favorite chair and then devour the foam with gusto. Such actions cause a lot of stress for the pet parent and can result in the death of the pet.
Consider a Pet Room
You need to protect your mischievous pet from danger, but you’re only human and can’t be on guard 24/7. You have to eat, sleep and go to work. Installing a pet room provides a safe place for your four-legged friend to lounge and play while you are busy with chores or away from home.
Make It Safe
With a pet-friendly room, you can effectively control your pets’ actions and guarantee their safety while you aren’t around. You can repurpose any room or a closet for a pet room. It all depends on the size of the pet. Don’t choose a dog room that’s too small for a large dog, for example. Your favorite pooch will need room to frolic around.
Windows create a lot of visual interest for your pet. Watching the antics of squirrels, birds and chipmunks on the outside provides hours of entertainment for an indoor dog or cat. If your pet room doesn’t have adequate windows to let light and fresh air into the room, consider having them installed.
Make It Waterproof
A pet-friendly floor, such as waterproof tile or vinyl, helps control moisture from water bowls, spilled food and other accidents. A waterproof floor makes daily maintenance easy and gives you the peace of mind of knowing your home’s floor is protected from stains or rot. A dry floor is also more sanitary for your pet, discouraging mold and mildew that could harm you and your pet’s health.
For owners of exotic pets such as birds or reptiles, installing a tile floor with a drain in the center allows the floor to be hosed down for quick cleanup of scattered food scraps and excrement. Tile applied to a wall prevents damage from beaks and claws as well as moisture.
Make It Organized
Include plenty of storage, such as roomy cabinets, for food, extra bowls, bedding, favorite toys and grooming equipment. Having a place to store and organize supplies makes pet care more fun and enjoyable, especially if you need to hurry and feed kitty or doggie so you won’t be late for work.
Make It Convenient
A waterproof countertop in your new pet room makes trimming tangled fur and clipping too-long nails much easier when you don’t have to stoop over or sit on the floor. A handy sink for refilling water bowls or a shower can take convenience to a whole new level in a pet room, especially if equipped with a sprayer for cleaning off muddy paws or dirty fur. Installing extra lighting can help as well.
Pet rooms not only protect our furry friends but also make life much easier for the owners too. Pet-friendly spaces create harmony and less stress. That scratching post for kitty and those chew toys for the doggie in the pet room let the animals enjoy themselves while sparing your new family room furniture and those designer leather shoes you love so much!
About the Author
Elizabeth D. has worked as a contractor in the construction of new homes and renovation of older homes for 25 years. She has written DIY articles in the field of home construction and repair for eHow. She has been involved in many DIY projects over the years. Elizabeth is the 'go-to' person in her circle to help improve the design of projects and solve problems with home construction.