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It’s no secret that I’m the resident cat lover here at HGTV.com. Don’t get me wrong, I adore dogs. But when I adopted my four-year-old cat, D’Artagnan, I became enamored by these sassy, independent animals. As someone who was raised with canines, I’m still figuring out my cat’s unique personality every day. I’ll tell you this, though: I’ve raised one cuddly cat.

But, as all pet owners know, creating a pet-friendly home is a key element to your pet’s happiness and your sanity. Here are some ways you can keep your home chic, stylish and comfy for your pets, too.

Get More: 12 Tips for Pet-Friendly Decorating

Cat on Bed

Buy washable fabrics. Pets have accidents. It’s just part of it. So, protect your bed by using duvet covers, cotton bed sheets and other durable fabrics that can be washed regularly.

Slipcovered Sofas

Slipcovers FTW! Until you’ve deterred Fluffy from using your beloved sofa as a scratching post, a durable slipcover will definitely do the trick. You can also look into purchasing a sofa made of Ultrasuede, a stain-resistant, machine-washable microfiber your cat will adore.

Cat Shelves

Cat Condo

Let cats climb. Cat structures aren’t the most attractive things I’ve ever laid eyes on (I’m looking at you, carpet scratch posts). But there are some newer options that allow cats to climb while offering a more pleasing aesthetic for the home. See more cat furniture ideas, plus learn how to make a cat condo (above).

Cat Door

Access to the outdoors. Give your pet the freedom to come and go with a user-friendly door. Make sure you keep your outdoor space and garden pet-friendly, too.

Cat Tunnel

Let them (safely) explore. Cat tunnels are the perfect way to let your feline explore outside while keeping them safe and enclosed. You can build one of these “cat walks” yourself or call a professional. See more outdoor structures for animals.

How to Grow Pet Grass

Grow your own cat treats. My cat can’t stay out of my houseplants. I know I’m not alone here. Grow your cat a plant they can nibble on that’s nutritional for them, too. Get the step-by-step instructions.

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6 Responses

  1. Leslie says:

    A purrfect post! Love kitty themed design inspiration!

  2. DBCoop says:

    Great pet-friendly style tips, Kayla. Terri especially agrees with the bedding and slipcover suggestions — two of her favorite resting spots.

    She's envious of the cat door for easy access to the outside. If she gets one of her own, she might be willing to share it. (All the better for her to chase after neighborhood cats prowling her territory!)

  3. AJ Rogers says:

    Love these tips – can't wait to get another kitty one day soon!

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  5. Karol says:

    I wish I could’ve read this before my cat destroyed my office couch…..I don’t understand she doesn’t touch the real leather sofa in the living room but she destroyed the leatherette one in my office

  6. Thank you for your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

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Kayla KittsKayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. You can find her doing at least one of the following: shopping for home decor at local vintique stores, picking out produce at...


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