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If there are animals in the house, you need to choose particularly strong materials. In this article, we discuss anti-destructible or pet-proof wallpaper and other materials that are too tough for them to destroy.
Pets make us happier and are said to save us from some medical conditions. But even the most intelligent cat can scratch the sofa from time to time. And even a well-mannered dog can unintentionally eat half the house. Not to mention puppies and kittens! We threaten and scold, but we love the little troublemakers, so we wallpaper and change the furniture again. Meanwhile, you can turn away from the usual path and use special anti-vandal or pet-proof materials.
The Walls: Enough With the Stains and Scratches!
If you have a dog, especially a big one, you probably know that after a walk in the rain or a bath, they tend to rub their sides against the wall. Therefore, in the corridor and next to the bathroom, it is better to use washable finishes that can withstand not only wiping with a damp cloth but also cleaning products. What are the best options here?
The most familiar solution is simply wallpapering. Some online shops have entire sections with "pet-proof" options. The most common choices are:
- Non-woven wallpaper: This is a dense and sufficiently strong material that is resistant to scratching, impact, and temperature variations. It can be cleaned and, if necessary, repainted easily.
- Laminated wallpaper: Even stubborn dirt can easily be removed from it.
But these wallpapers are not suitable for those who have cats, as they are not resistant to sharp claws. Owners of meowing cats are advised to use fibreglass and contract wallpaper.
- Fibreglass wallpaper This is a vandal-proof and pet-proof coating at an extreme level. It is washable, re-paintable, acid-resistant, and most importantly, cat-resistant. In fact, this particular wallpaper can be called universal, suitable for homes with both cats and dogs.
- Contract wallpaper is a vinyl or PVC wallpaper on a textile fabric. It was originally designed for use in commercial areas, but it is also quite suitable for homes with animals. It is glued and painted on. Although it is inferior to fibreglass wallpaper in terms of durability, it is the most cost-effective.
Important: To ensure that your wallpaper lasts, do not compromise on the quality of the paint. This will affect how durable the finish will be. In addition, always keep extra wallpaper and paint in stock so local damage can easily be repaired.
The most obvious—but not the easiest solution—is to paint the walls. Here, it will be necessary to put a special effort. It is easier to deal with the application of decorative plasters: they do not require a painstaking approach. But we must remember that textured coatings can be tidbit for pets. If they scratch it, that's half the trouble. It's worse if they chew it up.
Plastic panels seem to be able to solve all problems at once. But this is only partly true. If the panels are hollow on the inside, they are easy to damage. A large dog can puncture the plastic with its paw. And there's a good chance that he'll hurt himself.
Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) panels can also be considered, but they can vary greatly in quality. The cheapest versions cannot withstand cat's claws, moisture or constant cleaning with detergents. Therefore, for homes with pets have to choose high-quality material, and, accordingly, expensive. They can be painted in any colour you like and blend in seamlessly with the rest of the house.
There are wooden and plaster variants; in classic interiors, they are called 'boiserie'. However, they are quite expensive. Plaster panels are quite heavy and have a raised texture, which is sure to interest ponytails. Wooden ones are beautiful and versatile in terms of design, although their price is very pricey.
What should you do if a renovation has recently been completed and a cat has entered your home? If this is the case, there are special protective screens: thin sheets of transparent plastic. They are suitable for protecting wallpaper, plaster or painted surfaces as well as doors. The screens are fixed with double-sided adhesive tape or simple paper clips. As a result, the interior remains the same, but cats lose all interest in the walls, as their claws simply slip off the coating. They come in different sizes, so you can find a solution even for difficult places or walls with curves.
The Right Flooring
Flooring should be durable, moisture-resistant and not absorb odours.
Linoleum is the most suitable and affordable flooring. It does not absorb odours or moisture, is easy to clean, scratch-resistant and comfortable for the animals. But there are nuances. For example, commercial or semi-commercial linoleum should be chosen for flats with animals. Cheap counterparts can deteriorate even from the claws of the cat.
Colour also plays an important role: On linoleum that is too light or too dark, animal hair is immediately visible. So that it is understandable that it needs to be cleaned up in a timely manner.
Another material to consider is cork flooring. This flooring is warm and non-slippery and can withstand frequent cleaning and endless running around. Very importantly, it has shock-absorbing properties, which means it reduces stress on animals' joints. Another plus is additional soundproofing.
Windows with a hinged opening mechanism can be a deadly trap for cats. Chasing a bird or even a butterfly that flies over, they will get caught in the gap, get stuck in the gaping area and may suffocate. It is, therefore, better to use a window opener - and use a stopper to prevent the cat from jumping out into the street.
In addition to open windows, mosquito nets represent a danger to cats. In case they see potential prey outside the window, the hunting cats will lean against them with confidence. But these nets are not designed to even for a cat's weight and will fall out of the mount together with the animal! Moreover, the nets are easy to tear with sharp claws.
You can protect your pet from falling by installing a special anti-cat net. Its purpose is to prevent a tragedy. The Anti Cat is a stainless steel chain netting which can withstand loads of up to 20 kg and cannot be torn by sharp claws. The sturdy frame secures firmly to the window opening.
When it comes to upholstered furniture, the most suitable upholstery material is a synthetic flock. It is resistant to wear and tear, does not shed or lose its shape when cleaned, almost does not absorb liquids, has the property of "anti-moisture". Flock has a velvety surface, on which even small cuts are unnoticeable.
Furniture made from vandal-proof and pet-proof fabrics must not be washed with aggressive detergents, as these could wash away the protective coating.
If you do not plan to change your furniture, special anti-vandal covers for sofas and armchairs can help. As a rule, their sizes are universal, so you can find an option for any furniture.
Our Pets Are Worth It
There have always been dogs and cats in our house. Over the years, several sofas and a recliner have been torn to pieces. Stools, doors and wallpaper are beyond counting. Seemed like enough experience to stop but no.
Next time you renovate your house keep in mind your full family. Because you can live without fancy wallpapers, but you cannot live without your pet.
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