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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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More cat-friendly crafts + tips:
- How to Make a Leather and Feather Cat Toy
- Make a Beaded Necklace for Cats
- Make a Jingle Bell Cat Collar
- How to Make a Christmas Cat Spinner Wand
- How to Make Tuna Cookies for Your Cat
- How to Make All-Natural Pet Treats
- The Best Toys for Playful Cats and Dogs
- Protect Your Pets From Harmful Plants
- How to Pet-Proof Your Garden