Dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and more pawsitively perfect pets.
Having a stylish and organized home is something that has always been important to me. However, achieving the Pinterest-inspired home of my dreams isn’t always as simple as I’d hoped. I’ve tried in vain to decorate my living room like I don’t live in a home full of pets and kids, only to be inevitably devastated when it doesn’t work out.
When you’re cuddling up to your furry companion, you want to ensure you aren’t coming in contact with some nasty tagalongs: fleas. This can be tricky because for every six fleas you can see, there are 300 more present. Fleas feast on blood meals, preferring dogs, cats, and other fuzzy victims, and are much more prevalent on stray cats than any household pets.
Home just wouldn’t be the same without the cats, dogs, and other creatures that share our spaces, but living with pets does come with its challenges (Lots of extra stuff to store! Accidents on the rug! Scratched sofa arms!). Luckily, this is where a wealth of tips and tricks from Apartment Therapy home tours come in handy. Below, check out some favorite decor hacks and pointers for living with your cutest roommates.
Let’s face it: Along with plenty of joy, new pets bring their fair share of couch scratches, chewed shoes, and pee stains. So when they finally get acclimated to you and your environment, it’s a major accomplishment. The natural next step? Celebrate by introducing your furry friend to your loved ones.
Many people are firm believers that pets are family members just as much as any human. They bring joy on stressful days, trust you relentlessly, and douse you with affection. There are even health benefits of owning pets: Pups get you out in the sun for exercise, while feline friends make you feel comfortable staying in. In other words? They are loving, dedicated companions who deserve to be treated as such.
If you’re anything like I am, pet parenthood is a job you take very seriously, believing (ahem, knowing) that your fur baby deserves the best of the best, from high-quality food and in-depth vet care to chic, functional accessories. Spoiling your pet can be one of the most satisfying ways to spend your hard-earned cash, whether you do so once a year on their birthday or every month just because.
If you’re thinking about adding a pet to your family, you probably know that you’ll have to make an initial investment for the pet and pet-related items. But other sneaky animal things can heavily impact your budget if you don’t prepare ahead of time. “Having a pet involves a lot of expenses that most people do not even consider,” says veterinarian and behaviorist Dr. Paola Cuevas. “They need much more than just food and love.”
Getting a new pet, whether a tiny kitten or an older rescue dog, marks a special chapter in many people’s lives. I’ll never forget when my dad brought home our first puppy, Bunty — tongue lolling, tail wagging — and how much love he brought to our family in the following years. But as first-time pet owners, we certainly wished we had bought some things at that time to make both his and our lives easier.
My husband and I happened to find our dream dog mere weeks before our wedding. We made the spur-of-the-moment decision that we just had to add him to our family now. Truth be told, having a puppy in our wedding photos was damn adorable — but leaving him shortly after for our honeymoon sucked and saddled us with a lot of guilt.