Creating a Pet-Friendly Environment in Your New Home

Moving into a new home can be exciting. After all, this has been months in the making. But if you’re a pet owner, it’s important that you plan out how you’ll make the space your pet’s new home too. As well as making this a comfortable place for them, you’ll need to ensure your pet’s safety and happiness in their new surroundings. 

So, among the chaos of packing, unpacking, and settling in, here’s how you can tackle creating a pet-friendly environment. 

Pet-proofing your space

One of the first steps is to identify and remove potential hazards. Whether you’ve bought a new build property or an older home, there are often areas that could be fine for humans but potentially dangerous for cats, dogs and other pets.  

Take a walk through every room in the house and look out for any exposed wires, toxic plants, or precarious furniture that could pose a risk to your pets. Once you’ve moved any hazards out of the way, you might want to add safety features like gates around the home to stop your dog getting into the kitchen, for example. 

It’s worth investing in pet-friendly cleaning products too. These can help ensure that your home remains safe and free of harmful chemicals.

Creating retreats for your pets

Moving can be a stressful experience for pets, so it’s essential to provide them with their own space where they can feel safe and secure. Try setting up cosy pet beds in quiet, secluded corners of your home, away from busy areas. Whether it’s a bed placed in a sunny spot or a pile of blankets, creating something you know that your pet will love can make all the difference in their transition to your new home.

Introducing soothing aromatherapy with pet-safe essential oils can also help calm anxious pets and create a relaxing atmosphere. 

Balancing style and functionality

It’s possible to strike a balance between style and functionality. There are plenty of creative ways to integrate pet-friendly décor into your living space. 

Introduce durable, easy-to-clean materials for furniture and flooring that can withstand wear and tear from your furry friends. Incorporate stylish pet accessories, such as feeding stations or designer pet beds, that complement your home’s aesthetic while catering to your pet’s needs. By combining practicality with design flair, you can create a space that both you and your pets will love to call home.

Maximising your pet’s outdoor experience

For many pets, access to the outdoors is essential for their physical and mental wellbeing. When moving into a new home, it’s crucial to create a secure environment where your pets can safely explore and play. 

Install a chipped cat or dog flap and pet-friendly fencing to prevent escapes. Make sure boundaries are clearly marked too. 

Also, for sunny days it’s worth adding a shaded area where your pets can retreat to. Consider incorporating agility courses or sensory gardens to keep them entertained, too.