I’m pretty sure that lots of the animals that end up in rescue organizations have landed there because of fed-up homeowners whose carpets have been peed on one too many times, whose computer cords have been gnawed through, and whose furniture has been clawed to bits. For that reason, this post may be better titled “How to Protect Your Home from Your Pet and Your Pet from Your Wrath.” For your pet's sake, here are some ideas for outfitting your Nashville home with pet-friendly materials that won’t show wear and tear:
Dogs are notoriously unkind to hardwood floors. Instead consider installing floors made of concrete, natural stone, or porcelain tile—all of which are immune to skittering claws. Wood laminate flooring is another good idea. And of course, hardwoods can be refinished to buff out claw marks. One thing to note, however: ACL repair surgeries and incidents of hip dysplasia among dogs have risen since laminate flooring became more popular.
Area rugs can help give your dog better traction on slippery floors. Cowhide and Sisel rugs are famously pet friendly. FLOR carpet tiles also work great because individual tiles can be replaced after especially bad accidents.
If you do go for hardwood flooring, consider handscraped flooring, which celebrates indentations and imperfections instead of aiming for a mirror-shiny finish. You may come to see your dog’s scratches as adding to the charm and character of your floors.
When shopping for furniture, consider a couch covered in fabric that you can clean with ease—think microfiber or leather. Chairs that are covered with washable slipcovers are also preferable. Leather, though, doesn’t mix well with cats, who tend to use it as a scratching post.
Here's my best friend, Ella, at 3 months old..she's now 10
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