How to make your fur-home hooman-friendly (again)

We’ve read enough about making a home more suitable for pets. But what if it became so fur-friendly that it isn’t hooman-friendly anymore?

I may not be making sense at this point yet, or you might find yourself asking, “is that even possible?”

To answer your question, let’s have a pop quiz and answer the following:

  • Do you see fur more often in your kitchen, or worse, in your cooked meal?
  • Do you see more fur than human hair inside your house?
  • Does the smell of your pet overpower whatever air freshener or room scent that you have?
  • Can you no longer put up a Christmas tree because you fear that the moment you put it up, these little (or huge) beings might take it down?
  • Is your sofa full of scratches?

If you answered yes to most, if not all, of the questions, then, my friend, your house has already been invaded by these furry creatures! But fret not because we’ll help you find the balance to make your home both fur- and hooman-friendly. So, read on!

Designate a pet space.

Our pets, like us hoomans, need their own space, too. Designating a special part of your home for your pets can help them feel free and do whatever it is that they do. If you live in a fairly big house, you can even give them their own room where they can run and play. Otherwise, check your house and see which part of it you could allot for your pets. Doing so will help keep other parts of your house in order (if you know what I mean).

Implement a no pet zone. Do this, especially in the kitchen and in your working area. Imagine eating and catching furs or hairballs on your food or working from home, but these creatures, as cute as they are, are getting into the way of your productivity. It might sound harsh at first, but implementing a no pet zone in your home will not only teach your pets discipline but will also help make your daily routines convenient and productive.

Have your fur bosses groomed regularly. Nobody likes their home to smell bad, but sometimes our furry friends’ natural smell, if left ungroomed for a long period of time, can increase the likelihood of your home smelling awful. Make sure to bathe or have them groomed at least once a month to make cuddle time more enjoyable. In addition, having them regularly checked by their doctors will also ensure that they are in tip-top shape.

Invest in air purifiers. Our furry friends carry dander, which is made up of skin flakes that they shed in addition to their hair. This shed skin has proteins that are secreted by their oil glands. While some dander is visible to the eye, it may also come into particle form, which is microscopic and can get trapped in carpets, bedding, and furniture. If you find yourself or your family members experiencing sneezing, having red, itchy eyes, there might be a chance that they are allergic to pet dander, or more specifically to its proteins. To ease these symptoms, try investing in an air purifier that has at least a HEPA filtration. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are designed to remove 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 micrometers in size, which may help reduce some of the larger-sized particles like pet dander.

But don’t forget to check with your physician first to ensure that the symptoms you or your family are experiencing aren’t anything serious.

Be a responsible hooman. Having a pet is a huge responsibility to take on. You need not only feed them, but you also have to shelter them, make sure their health is well-taken care of, and shower them with the love they rightfully deserve. Truly, our four-legged friends are angels on earth, and they need a responsible hooman who will put their welfare at a paramount. Having many paws inside your house might be fun at a glance, but on the flip side, it might not be a responsible decision in the long run. Having too many of them may hurt your finances and may also result in inadequate healthcare for all of them. Decide on how many pets you can practically raise and live with, especially if you live in a tiny space. Having your pets neutered is another option you can look into.

Now go forth and use these tips to make your home both conducive for human- and pet-living!