4. Think about your pet’s playtime needs when you remodel, both in terms of what they should and should not play with! Consider cat-safe window treatments. Blinds and shades without cords, instead of drapes, will help avoid cat-related disasters. Cats should have a safe place to play, jump, and climb. Install shelves on a wall for them to play on, or an elevated cat window seat where they can take a nap or watch the outside world. Pet doors allow your dog or cat to easily take their playtime outside.
5. Bathing your pet can make a big mess, but there are ways to make this dreaded task easier. One popular pet home improvement is a washing station, which can be incorporated into a laundry or mudroom that’s used as a multi-purpose mudroom for the whole family. There are many options from this room, from the basics of easy-to-clean tile flooring and a low shower with a handheld shower head, to a raised-height bathing station with a ramp for the dog and commercial-sized pet dryers.
6. Your flooring choices will also make a big difference in ease of cleaning up after your pet. Carpet can be very difficult to clean pet hair or other pet stains from. Hardwood or laminate with hard coating will prevent claw scratches, and tightly sealed seams can help prevent leakage if your pet has an accident. Tiled areas will help keep your pets cool in the summer, and radiant heated floors will keep them (and you) warm in the winter.
7. Finally, like humans, our pets need some extra help when they get older and can benefit from planned aging-in-place designs that can make a big difference in their quality of life. Ramps to their favorite sleeping spots will help elderly dogs and cats reach them easily. Long, low-riser staircases make walking up stairs a little easier for everyone, as does good lighting in stairwells for those with poorer vision.
Your options for remodeling for your pet range from simple adjustments to major creative projects. With so many possibilities, there is truly something available for every pet and every pet owner!