Repairs are always started with a noble goal: to transform a home, to make an apartment more comfortable and more beautiful. But during repairs, you have to live in real chaos and endure thousands of minor inconveniences.
In general, if the owners have a hard time, then what are their favorites, when there are a lot of strangers around who make noise, and dust and a sharp persistent smell of building materials are walking in the air. But the repair does not just scare dogs or cats - it can harm the health of a four-legged friend.
How to arrange everything so that the pet was more comfortable, and after the repair work he did not spoil the new furniture and decoration?
In the power of stress
In the apartment now and then suspicious individuals are operating. The furniture is not in place, so the favorite corner, where you can take a nap after lunch, has sunk into oblivion. Around it smells like paint and glue, from which you want to constantly sneeze. And from time to time the drill is turned on, which makes noise worse than a terrible vacuum cleaner.
In short, a pet repair brings excitement and stress. The reaction to the nervous situation may be the most unexpected. Formerly a calm and gentle cat, who loved to doze round the clock, will begin to hide in the corners, hiss at strangers, and even then rush to the defense of his territory. Some, on the contrary, will behave quietly, but will carry out large-scale sabotage work, "mined" all corners in the apartment.
Dog repair is also not easy. The family territory, which they had previously defended and protected, suddenly turns into a courtyard. How a four-legged friend will behave in such a situation depends only on the training and the degree of his upbringing.
You can not discount the harmful effects of different mortars and dry mixes. It is necessary to turn away for five minutes - and here the favorite pet has knocked over a can of paint or has completely deflated whitewashing. If the building material is poisonous, then contact with it can cause severe poisoning or death.
Alas, even innocuous on the assurances of the manufacturer materials can mess things up. The fact that a subtle chemical smell makes for you turns into a whole bunch of "aromas" for a pet. Constant contact with dust, dirt and unpleasant odors can cause allergies. Many pets have dandruff and rashes on the body.
The choice is small
So, if you are planning a repair and you have a pet, then there are few options for how to deal with a pet during long repairs. The most convenient and safe way out is temporary relocation. You can send a pet to relatives, to the country with children, grandparents or negotiate with close friends.
If there are no people willing to shelter him, you can temporarily place a pet in a pet hotel. Away from the apartment being repaired, he will be completely safe.
If the dog or cat stayed during the renovation of the house
In this case, you will have to worry about the safety of the animal and not leave it unattended for a minute. It may be worth taking a vacation during the repair or making changes to the work schedule. These few tricks will help you and your pet to cope with difficulties.
- Repair in a warm season. You will be able to air the rooms more often, which means that the pet will not be bothered by the smell of building materials.
- Often go out with your pet and spend more time walking. There he will be able to relax and rest from the stress that strangers and the loud sounds of instruments create.
- Pick up for repair only eco-friendly building materials. There is no guarantee that they will save from allergies, but the threat of poisoning will definitely not be. In addition, you yourself will be comfortable living in an apartment with such decoration.
- Repair in three steps. First, the bathroom, toilet and kitchen - 2 weeks. Break again. And finally, the living room. This is very convenient for two reasons. First, the repair is localized in separate rooms, and you can spend time with your pet in the rest. Secondly, in the breaks between the stages, you and the four-legged friend will have the opportunity to rest.
- In the spring, summer and early autumn, during particularly noisy work, go out with your pet for a walk or close with him in the room, and better - on the balcony, if there is thermal insulation.
- If the pet seeks to walk around the apartment, you can tie it in a spare room every day while working. The measure, perhaps, is not the most humane, but a curious friend will not exactly reach the paint bucket and the whitewash package.
How to save repair
Imagine such a picture. Repair work is finally completed. Happy pet gained access to all rooms. Boss relaxed. But then the dog started picking up the wiring with its teeth, tearing up new furniture and carpeting, tearing wallpaper with zabi and paws, leaving scratches on the doors and cabinets. After a month of such terror repair your dreams does not look new.
What happened? The catch is that the new environment is unusual for a pet. And if in the selection of finishes and furniture you did not take into account the peculiarities of the maintenance of the four-legged friend, then the repair may come into disrepair earlier than you expected.
These are not toys!
Even in modest apartment electronics quite a lot. Telephone cords, television wires, Internet cables - all this often attracts the attention of pets. Especially like to play with the wiring inquisitive young dogs and cats, whose energy beats over the edge.
You should not hope at random. Experience shows that at least once in life a pet is trying to cut wires. At best, it will just leave you for a while without the Internet, a TV or a phone, and at worst, it can be fatally struck with an electric shock.
Therefore, all the wiring is to be hidden either in the walls, or in special corbeau or under the plinth. In the first weeks after repair, open sections of wires should be treated with antigryzin drugs, which can be purchased at veterinary pharmacies.
You don't scratch him
In apartments where cats and dogs are kept, floor coverings are heavier than in normal conditions. Pets love to frolic, simultaneously scratching linoleum, carpet flooring and laminate with their claws.
Therefore, when choosing a floor finish in the first place should pay attention to the durability of the coating. Moisture resistance is also important, because if your dog produces offspring annually, you can hardly save the floor from getting wet. The ideal choice in this case would be a ceramic tile with a rough surface. She is not afraid of claws or teeth? No moisture.
A cheaper option is laminate. It does not electrify. However, it is worth choosing wear-resistant models that are not afraid of moisture and mechanical loads. Some types of linoleum are also suitable for animals. This coating is not afraid of moisture, it is easy to rinse. But it is worth taking only semi-commercial flooring. After all, the usual domestic types of linoleum large dog can easily break with claws and teeth.
Beware of slippery!
In no case do not put slippery coating, whether it is ceramics, linoleum or laminate. Having slipped, the pet can cripple or break something valuable. In addition, the constant walking on slippery surfaces is harmful to the joints and posture of large animals.
If in some rooms the cover on which the paws disperse is still lying, you can cover it with rugs. But choose carpet with small pile.
Instead of wallpaper
The walls also often suffer from pet pranks. Especially goes to paper wallpaper - cats in a fit of excitement tearing them into openwork tapes. So you need a stronger material. For example, vinyl or glass cloth wallpaper.
The latter can be painted, moreover, not once. Both species are perfectly washed, do not fade and do not wipe, so they retain a decent look for a long time. Since the lower parts of the walls are mainly in the risk zone, they can be covered with special panels made of plastic, ceramics or MDF.
They will not only protect the wall, but also decorate the interior. A good solution can also be painting walls or decorative plaster. But we must use materials that can withstand wet cleaning.
Doors with door
Interior and entrance doors are another stumbling block. Pets who are used to walking around the apartment often scratch the door leaf if the room is closed. And dogs love to claw at the front door when they want to walk.
Scratches will surely remain on natural wood or veneer. So it is better to choose doors with plastic or laminated coating. Many of them are covered with a special anti-vandal layer. If you want the pet to be able to enter the room, even if the door is closed, install models with a window at the bottom for small animals. Cats and decorative dogs will easily use it.
What is inside?
Over time, the updated room bored curious pets, and they begin to conquer new horizons. For example, climb into the closets. So if you are going to install wardrobes, make sure that their doors are closed carefully and injure the animal.
But the most important victim of all pets is upholstered furniture. It is unlikely that it can be completely secure. But if you upholstered sofas and chairs with the right cloth, they will retain a presentable look for a long time. Use chenille or flock. They have a dense, velvety pile, so there will be few scratches and clues.
In addition, such coatings are not afraid of wet cleaning and do not attract wool. Just choosing a fabric, make sure that the pile is cut, because the pet's claws will definitely cling to the eyelets. Another good way out is textile covers for furniture. If you can sew, you can make them at home. From time to time you can remove them and clean or erase them.
And other tricks
Kogtetochki - a great way to distract the cat from the precious decoration. You can buy toys, and you can hang special panels at the bottom of the wall with claw cloth. The main thing is to place them in places where the pet usually sharpens claws. Then, instead of wallpaper, he will tear the scraper. Do not hang long draperies.
Most likely the cat will arrange a dizzying attraction from them. It is better to hang roller blinds or use blinds. Perhaps the place where the dog is sleeping should be marked, warmed and more strongly protected from dirt. It is here that you can cover the walls with protective panels, and put an extra layer of carpet on the floor. Many breeds of cats love to climb higher on cabinets and shelves.
So place the shelves with potted flowers so that the curious pet cannot reach them. Plants that are in the accessibility zone should be safe for the animal. Among the plants harmless to pets are pansies, orchid, African filaca, Coleus, peperomy, begonia, maranta tricolor, all kinds of cacti.
If during the repair you change the windows for plastic windows, do not forget to install anti-mosquito nets with protection against claws. In the summer, they will save you from annoying insects, and your cat from sudden flights.