For animal lovers, having pets in your home is wonderful.
Not only are furry friends adorable, but having a cat or dog in your home can be beneficial for your health. Studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression, have lower blood pressure in stressful situations, and can help you keep calm and relaxed.
But no matter how cute and fluffy they are, they can be naughty and make a mess. Whether you have a dog or cat, you understand how much they enjoy biting, scratching or ruining things you love, particularly furniture and household appliances. This can make it difficult for you to decorate your home the way you had envisioned, especially in their play area; the garden. Sometimes, it may seem like pets think they own their pet owner’s yard, and leaving anything there is your risk you take. But what happens when you want to have a nice patio in your backyard? Are you going to scrap that idea because of your four-legged creature? No, because there are tips and tricks you can use to have the best of both worlds.
So, read our tips below on how you can choose pet-friendly patio furniture.
Create an area specifically for them
The nice thing about pets is that with the proper training, they can start behaving and following rules, well, most of the time. This is why it’s important that you create a place for them to run, play and sleep. You can purchase a wood dog house for your little canine that has been made with treated timber products. Timber products are sturdy, and that’s exactly what you need for a playful dog. Or get a cat bed for when your cat’s outside. This will help train them to sit in their area and not sit on your furniture.
Have a designated area for your patio
Another way of creating a pet-friendly patio area is to have an enclosed space. You can install a wooden garden fence for your patio area; that way, you can always have it closed off when you aren’t around to watch them. An enclosed patio area is great because you can use it all year round, as your furniture is protected during the summer and winter.
Choose the correct flooring
Although you may want solid wood decking, it can be an issue when you have pets. The problem with wood is that it can get scratch marks easily from your pets running around. Rather choose the flooring that is durable to pet paws and is easy to clean when they’ve made a mess. For example, tiles or artificial grass, but if you are still keen on having wooden floors, you can revamp your patio area once they’re all grown up and potty trained.
Choosing pet-friendly furniture
Choosing furniture is the hardest part. Not only are you looking for something you love, but you also need to consider your pets. To get maximum protection for your furniture, you need to find pieces that are suitable for pet owners. For example, you can either get furniture made from resin, iron or wood. So, you may be thinking, how can you have wooden furniture when the above paragraph said no to wooden flooring. Well, you can have wooden patio furniture when your pet has matured and stops chewing on everything. Other than that, you can have resin or iron as it’s easy to clean, and it won’t surprise you with teeth marks. Another way to stop your dog from chewing your wooden patio furniture is by keeping your dog entertained with toys, or start training and make your canine understand the meaning of “no!”
Purchase washable fabric for patio furniture
Even patio deserves to have a few cushions, as it adds a dash of personality to your garden. But it can be a problem when your cushions are filled with dog drool or fur. This is why you need to have cushions with removable covers so that you can give them a quick wash when the need arises. If you have outdoor fleece blankets, choose ones that are easy to wash and can dry quickly. Also, another way of ensuring your cushions and throws stay clean is to pack them away after you have used the patio. That way, you save yourself from having to do laundry every second day.
Invest in good quality furniture covers
Investing in furniture covers can save you from a lot of upsetting moments as a pet owner. Furniture coves help to put your mind at ease when your pet is left unsupervised. Now, you don’t have to worry about coming back to bite marks on your wooden furniture or ruined cushions. So, when you’re planning on enjoying your patio, you can be relieved to know that no surprises are waiting for you.
You can have the best of both worlds. You can have your pets, and you can have the patio area you had always dreamed of when you moved into your home. Since you’re reading this article, you must enjoy relaxing by yourself or with friends and family, and you also love having a pet to come home to. Well, now you can have both, as long as you follow these steps then you have no worries, your furniture and pets can coexist.