Scratching the Surface
Think about your pet when choosing kitchen flooring. It should be scratch resistant and the right shade to hide the hair your pet sheds. Tile or stone are great options, being durable and low maintenance. These hard materials are not comfortable to lie on though, so you’ll need bedding or a rug for your pal. Cork is warmer, antimicrobial and absorbs the sound of little claws pattering around. Bamboo is very durable and stain resistant, giving a wooden appearance while being sustainable. Vinyl flooring is a low-maintenance option that can imitate stone or wood and is kind to paws.
As well as comfort and food, play is an important part of a pet’s life. It also makes them feel welcome and safe in the kitchen. Try to factor in an area for pets to have fun in your new kitchen design. It could be a scratching post in the corner for your cat or a place your dog can find a ball. Cats really love being off the ground, so stylish, curved shelving hung on the wall would be paradise for them to jump and curl up on.
Paws for Thought
Sometimes you do need to cordon off parts of the kitchen, whether you’re leaving food out or have just mopped the floor. Pull-out gates are perfect for temporarily blocking access. Slot them into your kitchen design where they can slide in and out and be concealed when not in use. Conversely, access for a pet is also important, so try to include small doors within doors for them to enter and leave easily. Remember to store chemicals, medicines and pesticides where pets can’t reach them. If your cat likes to jump onto countertops, consider an induction cooktop which heats the pots with magnets, so the cooktop doesn’t get hot and pose a risk to a curious cat.
These ideas work well in any kitchen design to make it pet friendly. Check out our kitchen remodeling project gallery to see what else would suit your taste and lifestyle. Contact us today to start making plans for your new kitchen design. We are available for appointments in our showroom or we are happy to arrange a telephone or online consultation to kick off your remodeling plans! Contact us today on (781) 871-0881.