Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pet-Proof Furniture: Does it exist?

There are around 16m dogs and cats living in the UK and people own millions of other pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters and mice. While having pets can be a very rewarding experience, some people might find that it can cause some complications. Most notably, people often notice that it can change what kind of furniture they can or cannot buy.

Should you be redecorating and refurnishing your home, you might be on the lookout for pet-proof, or at the very least pet-friendly, furniture. Despite what some people may say, you can definitely find pet-proof furniture; it all just depends on your pet’s habits.

Funny Dog pics

The Chewer

If your dog has a habit of chewing your furniture and you want to replace your sofa with one that they won’t be attracted to, the best way forward will be to buy a ‘blocky’ sofa. Purchase one that sits directly on the floor (rather than having visible legs) and make sure that the arms and all other parts of the sofa are covered by thick fabric.

Dogs will be less likely to chew if this is the case, although you will also need to figure out a way to get to the bottom of their chewing habit.

Dogs chew when they feel anxious or when they have too much energy. Provide your dog with lots of chew toys and other things they can play with while you aren’t at home, and make sure you take them on lots of long walks to expel their energy.

Funny Cat Pictures

The Scratcher

Cats scratch furniture as a way to mark it as their property, and to remove the outer sheath of their nails. It’s a completely natural behaviour, but it can ruin your lovely new couch in a matter of minutes.

There are fabrics out there that are harder for cats to break down with their claws. Thick fabrics are often the best for this; just avoid rough woven fabric. You will find that not many pets scratch leather, and it doesn’t attract pet hair which is a bonus.

However, the real solution to this problem will be to give your cat a designated scratching post that they can use. Buy one and put it in the area they usually scratch. Scatter catnip on it so they’re attracted to it and the next time they go to scratch, move them to the post.

Slowly but surely they’ll get used to it and will focus their attention on the scratching post.

Fur magnet

 The Fur Magnet

Unfortunately, unless you get a furless cat or dog (they do exist, just check out this AmericanHairless Terrier) you’ll always have to put up with excess fluff around the house. Some breeds shed more fur than others – huskies and Norwegian Forest Cats are two prime examples – but you can get furniture that will be less susceptible to it sticking.

As aforementioned, it won’t stick to leather sofas and armchairs at all, so you really can just brush the fur off. You’ll still need to vacuum a lot though! One way to minimise the big balls of fluff cats and dogs often shed is to brush them often, especially when they’re malting. 

Owning pets doesn’t mean you have to constrict your furniture choices – there are lots of options out there, and it’s often easier to tackle your pet’s problem.

This article was written by AHF, a furniture specialist with stores throughout the country. AHF sells everything from living room furniture to beds, so you can decorate your entire house with their help.

Guest Post, Images courtesy of Dog Breeds 101 and Shutterstock.


Sandy VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Reading this reminded me of my Uncle when he got a German Shephard pup. He left for work one day and come home and his dining room table was destroyed. Ate the legs right off it.
Good tip for the cats and getting the catnip because we are having issues with my daughters kitten. We need to do this

Karen Glatt said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is such a good post to really think about what kind of furniture you can get when you have animals. I made a huge mistake when I got my first dog! He chewed my nice sandals and chewed part of the couch in only a few minutes that I let him. Also the shedding is so hard to deal with, but I love my dog!

Janet W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Any dog bed we would buy for our Jack Russell would be torn into shreds within hours. Luckily as she's gotten older, the chewing has seemed to stop.

Tammy S said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We are lucky with our cats. they don't scratch at any of our furniture, they stick to their scratching post. As far as all the hair goes, you are right that you just have to vacuum a lot.

slehan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My cat uses her scratching post well. She's long haired so I brush her every day.

slehan at juno dot com

Tiffany Winner said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i wish i had declawed our old kitten. he destroyed my beautiful upholstered dining room chairs, the first nice piece of furniture i bought for myself!

Elodi Freitag Cavagnoli said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Adoro animais, tenho 6 gatinhos e 1 cachorro, no momento.Vejo sempre o seu blog, você já viu o meu?Deixe um recadinho me contando tá...
Um abraço da amiga virtual ELO

VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ive been lucky with my dog an cat,they do not destroy furnature,but they do lay on it an leave lots of hair behind,,so I quess thats still not too bad

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