Furniture Care: How to Keep it Safe From Pets

Rarely can you see a household without a pet. Pets have become a family member to some people. Adults and young both enjoy the company of their dogs and cats. They are our friends and in fact, some treat them as their children, too.

A day will not be finished without us patting the head of our pets. They are there beside us when we watch TV. We play with them whether inside or outside our home. Some would even have them sleep near them. However, it is inevitable that the pets that we love most cause havoc to our furniture.

Their hair falls off on the floor, rug, sofa, or even on the bed. There are times when we are surprised to see our wooden furniture being scraped by them. They chew on the upholstery of the sofa and worst is the sofa and rug smelling of their pee. What are you going to do then if this happens? Are you going to start a battle with your “beloved” pet? How do you keep your pets away from your furniture?

Of course, the best solution for this problem is to train your pet.

Training them properly must start while they are still young. It is much easier to tell them what is wrong and where they are supposed to stay while they are just pups and kittens. Training them when they have grown will be useless. It is the same with training your kids. Tell them how to do things right and they will pick it up and retain it in their minds up to the time they become adults.

To prevent your pets from lying on your sofa, give them a place where they can lie, sleep or rest. Control the urge to allow them to stay with you on the sofa while you are watching TV or reading. Your pet must have his own place in the living room if you allow them to go inside your house.

Get a pet throw for your sofa. These can be bought from furniture shops. You can get a whole pet throw to cover the entire sofa or the individual ones. These are made in various colors and designs and are easy to wash. If you still insist on having your bed beside you, then get one that is quilted.

Buy your dog a toy and a scratching post for your cat to keep him busy. These will prevent him from gnawing on the sofa.

Buy a spray repellant (citrus or mint scent is nice) and mix it with water. Squirt a small amount on your couch and your pet will no longer pester your furniture.

Give your pet a daily bath. To remove his smell, spew some aromatic or fragrant spray on him. Trim his nails to prevent the latter from ripping your sofa. Comb his hair daily, as this will lessen the amount of dog and cat’s hair falling off onto your furniture.

Once they are made aware of house rules, you will be freed of cleaning their mess.

How to Protect Bedroom Furniture from your Pets

The love we have for our pets is partly to blame why they make a mess inside the home. Some people even allow their pets inside their bedroom. They want their pets beside them. There is no problem with you allowing them inside your bedroom since it is your own sanctuary. However, once you notice that your furniture gets scratches and your room is starting to smell unpleasant, that is the time you blame your pets for it. So what is the best thing to do in times like this? Well, it is very simple; discipline your pets.

Implement the following tricks and see the big change in your bedroom.

As I have already mentioned, discipline your pets, the way you do it to your children. Start the training while they are still young.

Reprimand your pet if you see him on your bed. Adapt different tones of voice. A tone that will show you are angry or upset and another to show that you are happy. Do not go into the habit of giving your pet a whip or a beating. You can also drive him away from your bed by spraying some water; this is very effective for cats. This will get your pet to understand that the bed is not for him.

Give your pet his own sleeping area and let him know that this is where he can lie down. Put a rug or a blanket on the floor and tell him that this is his own bed.

If your pet is a dog, get him a crate or use enclosures. Dogs love to move from side to side so get him a crate where he can do this as well as stand, sit and snooze. Your pet dog may whine during the first nights, as it is still adjusting; nevertheless, do not pay attention. Tell your pet dog to relax and let it get used staying in the crate. This will also teach your dog to sleep on its own.

If you have a cat, buy a cathouse. This will serve as its bedroom. You can get this item from pet shops,

For your cat, let him have his own cathouse where she can take a snooze or just lie down quietly. Cathouses are partitioned making them good if you have two or more cats.

Cat trees give your cat a place where it can climb, play and run. These will keep it busy and will stay in the cat trees than on your furniture.

Keep your pet busy with pet toys. It can likewise keep its claws busy and will have fun playing with it.

As much as possible, do not let your pets inside your bedroom. Let your pet know that he is not allowed inside your room.
Lastly, give your pet a bath regularly. Buy him pet shampoo and sprays to eliminate its bad smell.

Start the training while your pet is still young. It is actually much the same as when you training your child to do things. Of course, you need to have patience in training your pets. Nevertheless, make your pets understand that they must follow your rules. Likewise, do not give your pets a whipping but talk to them. Once you have built this understanding with your pets, you will be confident that they will not destroy your furniture.