While we adore our four-legged furry friends, it's no secret that sharing one of our pet-friendly Springs Corpus Christi apartment homes with them involves a certain amount of adjustment. Fortunately, it doesn't have to take a lot of time or money to accomplish this task. We've compiled a list of some of the best hacks for creating a home that's as comfortable for your pet as it is for you.
- Preserve your floors as well as your dog's patience by planning an easy and consistent potty routine. The private entries of our Springs apartments allow for quick in-and-out when your pet needs a bathroom break. If you have an older dog, or you just want a little more convenience, for around $20 you can build a grass-covered potty to place on your patio or balcony.
- Dogs need regular activity to burn off that excess energy and keep their weight under control. Our Springs Corpus Christi community has a great on-site dog park where you and your pet can meet and socialize with other dogs and their "humans." For entertainment at home, cut a two-inch slice in a pet-safe tennis ball and stuff it with treats. Getting them out can keep him occupied for hours.
- Do you get frustrated with the never-ending clean-up of pet hair all over your furniture? Simply put a damp rubber glove on one hand and run it over the surface of the upholstery. (Hint: this works for cat hair, too.)
- Some breeds of dog are more vocal than others. If your pooch loves to bark, use mirror training to curb this behavior. Don't react if your dog starts barking, then reward him with a treat when he stops.
- Cats like to think they have the run of your home, casually walking across kitchen counters and dining tables as if they own the place. Break this habit by placing aluminum foil on any surface you want them to avoid. The noise and crinkly texture underfoot quickly discourages them from repeat visits.
- Looking for a way to hide the litter box? Place it under an end table and attach a skirt to keep it covered. This method also affords cats the privacy they prefer.
- You may be annoyed by damaged furniture legs and tables, but cats have an instinctual need to scratch. Fasten a carpet square or a piece of sandpaper to a block of wood to make a simple yet effective scratching pad.
- YouTube is full of videos demonstrating the love that cats have for small, closed-in spaces. A clever DIY cat tent can be made from items you already have on hand.
Do you have any valuable tips to add to the list? Share them with us in the comments!