Pets and patios can be a peculiar business. You want your outdoor addition to be resistant to the odd little mess and potential scratching, but comfortable enough to make your pets feel at home.
Thankfully, finding this balance doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are four basic steps to ensuring your patio is perfect for your pets.
1. Ditch the Dangerous Plants
Plants that seem like great additions to most gardens can actually be toxic to certain household pets. You’ve probably heard of lilies being poisonous to cats, but your feline friends can also be harmed by:
And just when you thought your dogs were safe, guess again. Most canines can be poisoned by:
The easy option is to chat to your vet, and do a little bit of research before decorating your patio with potted plants.
2. Supply Some Shade
If you expect your pets to spend time outside, you’ll need to offer them some shelter from the elements. Uninsulated patio roofs can build up more heat than your average pet can withstand, whereas insulated roofing has a polystyrene core that acts as a thermal barrier against the harsh Australian sun.
3. Where’s the Water?
Keeping your pets hydrated throughout the day is essential. But you also don’t want them knocking their water bowl over.
Custom drinking wells aren’t just a helpful addition for your furry friend, but can also give your patio a stylish touch.
4. Stay Stimulated
Pets do the worst damage when they’re bored and under-stimulated. So, why not give them something to do? If you’re yet to start building your patio, be sure to leave enough room for your dog’s favourite toys, or even a cat habitat.
If you give your pets something to do, there’s a good chance you can keep them from damaging your flooring and furniture.
To build a good patio for your good boys and girls, go to the good-est patio builders. Chat to Altec today and arrange a free design consultation and quote.