According to the Humane Society of the United States, at least 47% of American households own dogs. This totals to nearly 83% domesticated dogs in homes across America. Not to mention, 30.4% of U.S. households own at least one cat.

The privilege of being a pet owner is a wonderful experience that also requires a great deal of responsibility. No matter where you live, there are a few home renovation ideas you can consider for your home to ensure your pet’s safety. In addition to home renovations, in case of any sickness or accidents having pet insurance gives owners peace of mind for the safety of their furry family member. Check out Bivvy’s top reasons for getting pet insurance to gain a better insight into the main benefits of acquiring one.

More pet owners are looking to renovate their homes just for their furry members. In fact, many are remodeling their homes to prevent further damage and promote the freedom to roam. Most pet lovers agree that such issues are only a small cost when compared to the joys that come with owning a pet. These home improvement changes will help you make sure that your pet is living comfortable and safe in your home.

Consider these 4 tips on how to create a pet-friendly home.

Choose a Specific Feeding Area

To avoid the constant trips over food and water bowls, create a special area for your pet. You can consider designing a built-in concealed space under a counter for your dog’s bowls. No matter the type of cat that you are a parent of, you should know that they hate having their food bowls right next to their litter box.

Build a Garden

Create an outdoor space that you and your pet will enjoy.  Having a safe and comfortable environment for dogs will allow them to roam around the place without hurting themselves or your flowers. You can create a DIY-home garden for the perfect ‘dog escape” by adding features that they would enjoy. Build a gentle hardscape, add sensible plants, and even create a running track to provide dogs with exercise.

Choose Hard Floors

Having bare floors rather than carpets are the best way to go. Choose a floor that is easy to clean and maintain with a non-porous surface like concrete, hardwood floors, and tiles. Just be sure to avoid soft wood flooring options as they can be easily damaged when pets scratch them.

Steer Clear of Dangerous House Plants

While indoor plants may be pretty and often beneficial to the home, experts suggest homeowners keep lily flowers away from the home as they can be potentially poisonous for cats. Be sure to check the complete database of dangerous plants before you consider a new plant for your home.

Furthermore, use your pet as a source of inspiration when choosing the details for your home renovation. Making the most practical choice does not have to be boring. You can paint a concrete floor the same shade as your cat, protect your sofa with a microfiber cover, or simply get creative with color.