tips for creating a pet-friendly space
It doesn’t take a lot of thought and effort to turn any dwelling into a pet-friendly space:
• Provide a safe play-space, preferably away from fragile ornaments, where your pet can play with toys and treat balls. Plenty of pet and furniture stores stock attractive storage containers for stowing pet toys.
• Provide bedding in several locations so that your pet can change position through the day.
• Create an indoor garden for cats. This may be as simple as providing several potted plants (catnip and cat grass are the most popular). It’s a good idea to put a placemat beneath in case your cats tip the plants over in their enthusiasm.
• Some animals appreciate a vantage point close to a window, although dogs with territorial issues should be monitored, as window views can provide too many cues for barking.
• Provide climbing furniture and scratching posts for cats. Pet stores and veterinary hospitals stock a range of fantastic feline furniture that provide cats with hours of fun.
• Consider enclosing your balcony with a screen so that your animal can have free access in your absence.
• Maximise incidental distractions. If your cat is transfixed by your tropical fish tank, ensure he or she can comfortably view the tank through the day – just make sure the tank is covered so that your cat doesn’t act on its desires.
• Avoid leaving dogs unsupervised with bones due to choking hazard.