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Pets are fun, lovable, destructive creatures. So, if you are struggling to share your home with a mischevious cat or dog who has a tendency to scratch, chew and dig, there are several ways you can effectively protect the items in your home. In order to keep both you and your pets encompassed in a bubble of contentment, take a read of this guide all about how to protect your furniture from pets.

A Guide on How to Protect Your Furniture From Pets

If your dog or cat is allowed to sleep on the sofa but you’re fed up of finding dog hairs everywhere or evidence of scratched fabric, then there are several ways of preserving the condition of your soft furnishings. Whether your pets are allowed on the furniture or not, they are still likely to cause some destruction to other valuable belongings in your home. Spending your life preventing the dog from jumping up onto the couch may not be necessarily protecting it – take a watch of this video of an owner who caught their dog red-handed.

Both dogs and cats are intelligent creatures; meaning their owners need to be more diligent about pet-proofing the home. This will help to increase the lifespan of your soft furnishings, prevent unnecessary furniture replacements and allow you all to live under one roof in harmony.

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Be Proactive with your Pets

If you have a puppy or kitten and are looking for ways to protect your furniture before bad behaviour sets in, then here is how to do so. Establishing rules early enough on is one of the best ways to ensure your pets respect your belongings and know that their place is not on the sofa. If you are proactive with your pets you can successfully curb any behavioural problems before they are established. Here are several ways you can be proactive with your pets.

Regular Exercise

Animals often act up or misbehave when they are bored or have an excess of energy they need to burn off. It is essential for the health and wellbeing of your dog to take him for regular walks and runs. Cats do not need walking in the same way that dogs do, but they do require mental stimulation and small doses of exercise. For example, investing in cat toys or balls of paper and string are effective ways of entertaining your cat. This will prevent them from looking for ways to entertain themselves, for example, being evil and shredding up your sofa.

Toys

As we mentioned above, toys are a great way to keep your dog or cat mentally and physically engaged throughout the day. Dogs love toys that they can chew on, whereas cats prefer a toy that they can chase. You may need to initially show your pets how to use the toys.

Attention

Pets crave attention just as much as humans do, and it is important, that as their owner, you recognise this. If you regularly ignore your pets, they will find ways to gain your attention. This is often through the destruction of your home. Neglected animals will often act up because they’ll have the mindset that negative feedback is better than none at all. It is important to pay particular attention to your pets when moving properties. If you are looking for pet-friendly removals in Chelsea, then get in touch with Davis & Mac today.

Discipline

Although lots of attention and regular praise is essential to the happiness of your pets, discipline is also necessary. Animals that are living with humans must have boundaries and rules established (by you). The use of sternly said words is an effective method of discipline, as is the use of a water spray bottle. This is harmless to your dog or cat but is not pleasant and will enforce the rules that you have established.

Give them their own space

It is a worthwhile idea to provide your dog or cat with their own space within the house and incentivise your pet to use this area to lounge in rather than your bed or sofa. Make sure to praise your dog for being on his bed with a treat and plenty of praise. Cats love a window seat and a good view, so place their bed on a window sill in the direct sunlight.

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How to Prevent your Pets from Scratching and Chewing the Furniture

Cats are notorious for scratching soft furnishings such as sofas, cushions, and upholstered chairs. It is less normal for your cat to chew on the furniture and is a form of destruction that dogs are more in to. Dogs also have a tendency to dig, especially before they settle themselves to lie down. This is an ancestorial trait that is still natural and instinctive in dogs. However, this natural instinct is probably impacting on the condition of your sofa. Here are some tips on how to prevent cats from scratching and dogs from digging up your upholstered pieces of furniture.

How to prevent cats from scratching furniture

The best way to stop your cat from shredding up your sofa is to invest in a stretching post. You may need to show your cat initially how to use it, but they will pick it up pretty fast. Make sure to praise your cat for using it and present them with rewards (in the form of food not stickers). If you notice your cat is still scratching the sofa, tell them off and take them to the nearest scratching post.

However, you need to make sure you opt for the heaviest scratching post you can for your cat; if the post is unsteady and the cat is worried it will tip over whilst they are using it, your cat is unlikely to use it. If you are building your own cat scratching post, then it needs to be exceptionally sturdy and able to hold your cat’s weight without tipping over.

How to stop your dog from digging up the sofa

Because of a dog’s natural need to dig, it can be a tougher task to stop your dog from destroying upholstered items of furniture. However, the best ways to prevent this behaviour is to ban them from jumping onto the sofa and provide your dog with a bed that is made up of layers; this way he can dig up his own bed to his heart’s content.

Once you implement the rule of no-dogs-on-the-sofa you need to stick to it and tell them off if they behave disobediently. Failing to stick to your own rules will leave you with a confused dog that continues to ruin your furniture. Each time you tell the dog off for being on the sofa, take him directly to his bed. This process may take several weeks to learn, but it will be valuable in the long run.

If you are looking for a short-term, temporary method of protecting your valuables, then it might be worth investing in protective covers.

Investing in Protective Covers

Keeping your furniture covered is the most effective way of protecting it. However, we are not implying you should cover your sofa in a clear plastic sheet. We are talking about stylish, yet practical slipcovers that are widely available and will successfully preserve the condition of your furniture. “Orvis” offers an extensive range of attractive looking throws and protective covers designed to suit your home and protect your soft furnishings.

Investing in several large throws or fleece blankets is the perfect addition for your sofa. They are great for trapping both dog and cat fur and are easily machine washable.

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Eradicate Pet Odours

Making sure your home doesn’t smell like a kennel or a cattery is all down to regular cleaning. You may find that having a pet in your home burdens you with an eternal task of removing odours and fur. However, it is important that you keep on top of it, making sure to sweep and vacuum several times a week.

In order to remove tough pet odours effectively, there is a routine you can follow. Start off by removing the covers from your sofas, chairs or cushions. You will then need to thoroughly vacuum each piece of furniture and wash the covers. To effectively remove any odours it is suggested to wash the material with a strong detergent and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Following this, you’ll then need to rub baking soda all over the furniture, using a brush to get in the nooks and crannies of the material. Allow the baking soda to sit for at least eight hours and then vacuum it up.

If this has not successfully eradicated the smell of your pets from your home, then it might be worth investing in the help of professional commercial cleaners. However, ensuring to bathe your pets often enough, will help to reduce the level of bad smell in your home.

Cleaning Pet Stains

Living with pets means you may have to occasionally deal a urine stain which has made its way onto your flooring, carpets or furniture. It is important that you clear this up as soon as possible so that your pet does not get confused and use your carpet again as a litter tray. It is also far easier to visibly remove the stain if you deal with it straight away. Here is how we suggest to effectively clean up any pet stains.

Start off by soaking up as much of the urine as possible using a combination of paper towels and newspaper. Removing the fresh urine straight away will help to completely get rid of the smell. Use thick layers of paper towels all over the wet patch and then layer up newspaper. Push down or stand on the padding for several minutes until the paper has soaked up the majority of the stain. Then replace the existing towels with fresh ones and repeat this process until the dampness has disappeared. Hydrogen peroxide has also been suggested as an effective chemical used for removing pet stains.

This is the process you implement if you are removing stains from carpets or fabric. However, if you are looking for ways to eliminate pet stains from hardwood floors then you’ll need to make a wet paste of baking soda and vinegar and liberally apply this to the stain. You can also use hydrogen peroxide, leaving the solution to work its magic over several hours. For more information on how to remove stains (such as cat urine) from hardwood flooring, then take a read of this article.

Summary

If you have just moved into a new property, or have recently adopted a new pet then it is important to ensure your animals’ needs are catered for whilst your furniture is protected. Hopefully, through the execution of our advice, you can achieve this and live in unanimity with your pets, all under one roof.

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