Ever owned a dog or a cat? If so, you’re probably familiar with how cute they can be. Of course, their playfulness is only equal to the amount of damage they can cause. Leaving them alone unattended, especially in your condo unit, can give you a gigantic headache in clean-up.
Mel, a 30-year old accountant keeps two cats in her Megaworld at the Fort apartment. While she finds cleaning minimal, she owes it all to her extensive preparations beforehand. “I literally had to look for furniture that isn’t prone to scuffing,” she says. “My cats do a lot of damage when they start scratching and it takes special surfaces to prevent long-term damage.”
Pet owners, like Mel, who live in condos often set aside an area for their furry companions. Mini outdoor areas like balconies and laundry rooms often serve as part-time spaces for critters while their owners are out-of-house. Those living in small apartments, though, can have a tough time cleaning up after their fur babies.
If you plan on letting your pet have the run of the place, make sure to safeguard every nook and cranny. You might not be able to protect against all accidents, but you’ll be covered where it matters most.
Invest in Scratch-Proof Flooring
Claws scrabbling on wood can leave unsightly marks and spell the beginning of the end for your floor. Marble and stone floors are probably your best bets, but if you’re intent on having hardwood panels, get some heavy-duty help. Laminated boards look like wood but have a lot more layers than their original counterparts. Liquids slide right off instead of getting absorbed into the grain. You won’t have to worry about rotting and warping, simply wipe and go.
Get Them a Bathroom
One of the main problems of pet owners is getting their cat or dog housebroken. For some it can be quiet easy but others can try and try and never get it right. Setting aside an area in the condo for pets to do their business is half the battle. Choose a quiet corner that they can easily access and lead them to it every time you notice the tell-tale signs. It can take some time but continued effort will eventually get them to imbibe the habit.
Dispose of Hazardous Materials
Make sure that all chemicals are locked up and well out of the way. Avoid storing hazardous material in low cabinets and open shelves. As a double measure, place locks on cabinets to prevent pets from opening them by accident. Don’t leave empty chemical containers lying around and definitely don’t use them to store pet treats. Not only can they contain harmful residue but your dog or cat might mistake them for edibles. This also doubles for plants: keep all toxic potted decor out of reach.
Fence Off Prohibited Areas
If you’re short of doors and dividers, prevent pet entry into other rooms of the house by installing fences. You can find a couple of options in your local hardware store. They’re pretty easy to assemble and install and you can even find options that store away after use. Others have gates you can open and close to make passage easier for you. Choose fences that are high enough to prevent bigger dogs from jumping over and sturdy enough to prevent knock downs.
Control Your Cords and Gadgets
Pets love cords of all kinds and as luck may have it, not everyone can go wireless. Tangled ones are especially appealing since they look like a lot of fun to play with. Avoid an electrifying situation by keeping cords bundled up and out of the way. Use cord organizers and get exposed wiring covered at once. If you have to charge a phone or other electronic gizmo, keep it up and out of reach.
Bringing a pet into your condo requires full-time effort. Once you’ve pet-proofed the entire space, you’ll find that things become a lot easier. When things get frustrating, remember that even if couches get frayed and shoes get chewed up that it’s all part of letting a special companion into your life.
How do you make your condo pet-friendly? Share your tips with us in the comments!