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A Cozy Home in the Winter for your Pet - Home Decorating for the Pet Owner

Updated on December 16, 2017

How do You Decorate Your Home If you Own a Cat or Dog?

We love our dogs - we love our cats - we love our birds and other pets too!

But we don't love the messes they make in the house!

I am a total pet lover - but I know that the downside of their sweet lives are hairs, smells and dander. Cats scratch, dogs chew - and both of them shed and emit stinky smells at times. I don't care much about home design, but I do like to have a clean house - especially one that does not smell like the zoo. How do you keep a clean house with animals?

This is especially hard to make happen in the winter. I have found some real aids to pet owning here, especially in relation to the cold months when they are kept inside.

Poor Black Kitty, getting Snowed on - Creative Commons photo supplied by Maurice7

K&H Bolster Couch Pet Bed - Excellent Couch for Fido

Since you want to keep your dogs and cats inside, you need lots of products to make it easier. Start with getting your pet their own bed!

The K&H Bolster company is well respected as a manufacturer of sturdy, safe pet products.

K&H Pet Products Bolster Couch Pet Bed  Large Mocha/Tan 28" x 40"
K&H Pet Products Bolster Couch Pet Bed Large Mocha/Tan 28" x 40"

One of the main reasons that dogs jump on furniture is that they don't have their own bed. This takes care of that - The K&H Bolster Dog Couch is an excellent dog bed and sofa.

 

Learn How to Protect your Furniture from Pets - Excellent Video

The problem is: We love to have our Animals close By

The Reality is - That is Where Our Animals Belong!

I was raised to keep animals outside - even in the winter.

I soon learned, though that this is not the way to have healthy animals that are a part of the family. One of the hardest problem is dealing with shedding. There are certain breeds of dogs that are low-shedders - like poodles, also certain cats that shed less like the short-haired cats, but basically if you have mammals you have hair.

A few basics: if you have animals consider hard wood floor or Perego rather than carpeting. Have a place for your animal that is special to them like a pillow, and consider crate training when they are a puppy. Protect your furniture with protectors.

When you have a dog or a cat you have all the decorations you need!

Can't We Just Let them Go Outside More?

The Dangers of Keeping Animals Outside in the Winter

While it is certainly fine - and probably enjoyable for your animal to be outside when it is cold, you have to realize that they are domesticated and there are many dangers for pets when they stay outside too much.

Dogs and cats can get arthritic just like people - and the cold affects their bones and joints. Cats are especially poorly suited for the snow. Cats have been known to do anything to stay warm when they are outside - including crawl into car engines and get killed. Generally dogs and cats fare much worse than we think in the winter outside.

The place for pets is inside.

However, sometimes your dog will want to go outside. Be sure that you clean his paws and follow some of the hints from the video below.

Protect Your Animals from the Dangers of Outside

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How Do you Keep a Nice House with a Pet? - Can you really Live with Fido and Kitty?

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    • TerriCarr profile image

      TerriCarr 

      4 years ago

      I am not allowed to have any pets in my current living situation but I am really glad that other pet owners mostly keep their pets inside. I think the animals are usually more comfortable inside. And they should at least have a choice.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I do very much miss having cats but I don't miss the hair or dust from the cat box. Mind you should my husband ever relent on the matter I would adopt another cat in a heartbeat.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Its really something when I think about having an animal living in the home, pretty neat. I really got a kick out of the cat in the snow, too cute. :)

    • AlphaChic profile image

      AlphaChic 

      6 years ago

      I put sheets or blankets over their fav spots (beds, couches, etc), and wash frequently.

    • Gypzeerose profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      @greenspirit: Those are kind thoughts indeed! How wonderful for you to care for those cats that way.

    • greenspirit profile image

      poppy mercer 

      6 years ago from London

      Kind thoughts here. I've got a heated cat bed for my elderly cat...our house temperature plummets at night and it makes a real difference. I also used one for an outdoor stray until I could get him rehomed...it kept him alive through a really harsh winter.

      I can't understand anyone not thinking about the welfare of an animal in their care during winter.

    • Gypzeerose profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      @JoyfulReviewer: Thanks! Decorating and me - a big stretch, pets and me - now that is a closer match!

    • JoyfulReviewer profile image

      JoyfulReviewer 

      6 years ago

      Clever idea for a lens ... really enjoyed your helpful tips and featured products.

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