If you’ve gotten a new pet in the past few years, you’re not alone. Nearly one in five households adopted a dog in the past two years. And while we love the companionship, having a new dog or cat can pose problems for your current home set-up. Not sure how to best puppy-proof your home? Here are some of my favorite pet-friendly home buys. One note, however: Every pet is different, and if yours is especially destructive (i.e. chewing on wooden legs) seek out help from your vet or a pet behavioral specialist. 

Rugs

People are often surprised how pet-friendly many rugs are. Hardwood can’t stain as easily from muddy paws or occasional bathroom accidents, but they can be permanently scratched. A good rug protects your floors and actually helps with pet hair control. Yes, they’re going to shed on the rug, but, in my experience, I’ve found pet hair is more noticeable on wood floors and require daily sweeping. A rug can hide pet hair and you’ll be able to get away with vacuuming once or twice a week rather than constantly sweeping.

The trick here is getting the right kind of rug. Low- or no-pile wool rugs are actually great: They’re woven to be super-strong. Synthetic rugs are also less likely to stain and, because they’re made from super-fine fibers, are even harder to tear. Whichever you go with, I recommend looking for a busy pattern, like with Persian rugs, to hide stains or hair. And invest in a good enzyme cleaner. Most rugs can be spot-cleaned easily. 

Plants

Plants are our pets that don’t make noise. But that doesn’t mean pets and plants get along great. Some house plants are poisonous to animals, and others are just too tempting. There’s nothing worse than getting a new plant and finding out it was a salad for a curious cat. Before you get rid of your plants, however, consider a few easy solutions. For smaller dogs, look at benches or stands to display your plants. (This also makes watering easier!) You can also look for specifically pet-friendly plant options. Sprays like bitter apple can also keep dogs and cats away. If an agile cat can find plants on even the highest shelf, consider getting hanging baskets or wall planters to keep plants in sight but out of reach.

Furniture

Dogs and cats alike can wreak havoc on furniture. I recommend looking for accent chairs with wooden legs or even completely made of wood. You can always add throw pillows or blankets to make it more comfortable. When it comes to your couch, stay away from leather, which can be easily scratched. Similarly, wide-weave upholstery provides too much purchase for claws. Performance materials, like microfiber, tend to be both scratch- and stain-resistant. And before you imagine a dated sofa in a drab 80s brown, think again. Modern microfiber can include luxe-looking velvet

Andrew Indigo Sofa Set

As always, live beautifully today!

-Mia, the Furniture Girl

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