Dogs and cats are priceless companions. They provide affection and enliven one's home with their presence and energy. But with claws, paws, fur and teeth, these adorable critters often pose a problem when it comes to keeping your home in tip-top shape. Cleanliness and damage may become an issue. To keep your living spaces intact, look to the following measures.
1. Trim their nails
A nailcutter specifically designed for dogs and cats is a worthwhile investment. To keep them from leaving scratches on surfaces like wood, keep their nails trim -- but be careful not to cut too close to the base.
2. Groom regularly
To keep them from shedding on your furniture, brush or comb through their fur coat ideally once a day. This also gets rid of dirt, debris and dust. It's healthy for your pets as well as for your home. Likewise, give your pets a bath as needed. Use a pet conditioner if you will, to keep their coats extra shiny, healthy, and less prone to fallout.
3. Provide them with toys
Chew toys and scratching posts keep dogs' and cats' nervous energy off of your furnishings.
Dogs, in particular, need a lot of exercise in a day. Be sure to walk your dog at least once a day to keep them happy and calm, and less likely to chew your belongings. As for cats, keep them entertained with a piece of string, a small ball, or a squeaky toy that they can chase. As with chew toys, exercise expends their energy on more productive activity.
Pet training goes a long way. Read up on the appropriate methods and keep your dogs and cats on good behavior. Invest in professional training if you so choose.
6. Keep your house pet-friendly
It does both ways: make sure that your house won't cause any harm or stress to your pets. Keep breakable things secure and out of their reach. Don't keep any poisonous plants or substances in places they have access to. Bar them from potentially dangerous areas like the kitchen, or closets and spaces where they might get locked up. Keep electrical plugs bundled up and out of their reach.