Tips for Choosing Pet-Friendly Patio Furniture
Maybe you have a pet dog who likes chewing on furniture that also loves to hang around the porch and take naps when he’s too tired of being a guard dog. Or perhaps a cat who entertains himself clawing your furniture and sheds its fur everywhere. You might have entertained the suggestion of saving your expensive furniture by getting rid of your pets. Fortunately, there are several ways to keep your pets from destroying your favorite patio furniture. Let’s dig in and claw our way into creating a pet-friendly patio (no pun intended).
Wood decking is commonly used for patios but in the case of your dog and cat, you might want to rethink your options. Investing in expensive hardwood floors only to be ruined by scratches and muddy paw prints might make you whine and regret your decision. Instead, choose easy to clean flooring materials like concrete or tiles. This will make cleaning easier during those potty-training days and when it’s neatly polished, it will look great with any style of furniture. If concrete is too cold for you, another option is artificial grass which is going to be loved by your pets and teens. While artificial turf can be more expensive, it saves a lot in the long run. There are no grass allergies, no watering and no worry of grass being stepped on.
While hardwood floors can still be used, try to get it installed when your pets are a bit more mature and trained, teens included.
Creating different zones for pets and teens will likely keep them off of your expensive patio furniture. Make your pets comfortable by adding their beds outside with easy access to fresh water and food. Scratching posts or even carton boxes can make your cat happy and hold off its paws off your furniture.
Choosing Low Maintenance Fabrics
If anyone has found a successful way of keeping their dogs out of their couch, write a book about it. You’ll certainly make millions. The porch bench swing is another invitation for your pets to nap on it. While this is inevitable for reasons unexplained, choose synthetic fabric covers for your pillow and cushions that are easy to clean.
Choosing Pet-Friendly Furniture
Resin wicker furniture - made out of plastic resin which resembles the look of wicker, synthetic resin furniture are easy to clean should your pets decide to do its business on it. A quick hose down or a thorough washing with soap and water can easily clean this material. If there is fur or debris stuck in between the weaves, simply vacuum it to remove and prevent the accumulation of fur.
Wooden Furniture - Yes, you can have wooden furniture if your dog or cat has finally stopped their habit of scratching. Covering it temporarily with furniture covers can protect it from dents and scratches.
Iron - Iron is virtually indestructible and it’s heavy duty. It absorbs heat and cold so this might turn down your pets from even going near it. The downside is iron can rust if not maintained properly. Treating it with paint and varnish can help it go a long way.
Making your garden pet-friendlyOccasionally, your pets might get down from their posts and romp around the garden. Dogs might happily lie down and bask in the sun or chase birds and butterflies in your garden. Cats might be on the wilder side and will likely dig and romp and patrol down your garden for little animals. He might also find your vegetable garden and eat a lettuce or a tomato or spinach.
To keep your plants protected from your pets, use netting and fences to form a barrier to your crops. Create a path since dogs love to patrol down gardens. If space allows it, have a place for them to play fetch or frisbee. Create boundaries to prevent them from digging. Pebbles, flagstone and other smooth rocks are paw-friendly ground covers.
Adding a water feature for water-loving dogs will make the garden more enjoyable for them and will also add interest to your outdoor spaces.
Remember that making your outdoor area pet-friendly is just one part of owning a pet. Properly training them might take some patience and it's worth all the trouble to keep your patio and furniture looking great for a long time.
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