Top Five Ideas for a Pet-Friendly Kitchen

 

Is your pet safe in your kitchen? If you’re unsure then you need to think twice about implementing pet-friendly measures into your kitchen remodel. While kitchens are designed to cater to your friends and family, they can be potentially hazardous to pets that can hurt themselves on slippery floors or accidentally consume a toxic food group to their detriment. Pets are like members of the family, so keeping them safe should be your top priority. By incorporating the following ideas into your kitchen remodel, you will be able to ensure that your pet remains healthy and secure. 

 

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An Accommodating Floor Design

The main aim when designing a kitchen floor that is suitable for pets is to make sure that it is easy on their limbs. If you spend the majority of your time at home in the kitchen area, then your pet will almost certainly spend most of their time too, just so that they can be close to you. To make your kitchen floor pet-friendly, you must see to it that it possesses the following characteristics: good traction, scratch and abrasion resistance, good traction, and comfort. 

 

Secure Windows and Doors

A lost or badly hurt pet is one of the worst situations that a pet owner can find themselves in. Animals are naturally curious about their surroundings, so escaping through an open window is not something that they have any qualms about doing. In order to prevent your pet from coming to harm, consider placing your kitchen windows at a height that is out of their reach and installing a cat and/or dog door that opens out into your garden. Your pet will, therefore, be able to move in and out of the kitchen with ease. 

 

Pet Proof Rugs

Adding a rug to the floor in your kitchen can be an eye-catching design feature, but is it good for your pet? When choosing a rug with your pet in mind, the way that it looks is just one aspect to consider. Most importantly, the material from which the rug is made must be able to withstand the wear and tear of a pet constantly lounging and playing on it. Oh, and it must also be resistant to the incessant shedding of fur by our beloved creatures. Seagrass or sisal rugs are, therefore, a good choice for homeowners with pets, as they are affordable and biodegradable, so can be easily be disposed of after Fluffy has finished chewing it to shreds (crosses fingers that this never happens to you!)

 

Create a Play Area 

Demarcating a designated space for your pet in the kitchen will help to increase their comfort level. If you have a cat, then a small scratching post and a cat tent will do; whereas a dog will prefer a dog bed and its favorite chewable toy. These small items will help your pet to feel more at home and secure in the kitchen environment. 

 

Keep Hazardous Substances at Bay

If your pet loves food even half as much as my dog does, it is a constant battle to make sure that they don’t consume each and everything item that vaguely resembles something edible. This can be dangerous because many household goods are toxic to animals. 

To guarantee the safety of your pet it is, therefore, best to store items such as bug deterrents, medicine, and household cleaning products in places that are far out of reach of your fur babies. Vacuuming the floor on a regular basis can also ensure that your pets are not exposed to harmful bacteria that grow there. 

 

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