40% of Australian pet owners confess their furry friends have destroyed their home décor or furniture according to a recent poll* conducted by The Home. But before you sign up to a no-pets-at-home policy, we’re arming you with smart styling and caring solutions that will keep your space in tact despite a cat or dog on the loose.
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Understand why your pet is “redecorating”
Chewing and destroying furniture is often the first sign of a bored dog. According to Teagan Leaver, resident vet for Pet Circle, you need to ensure your dog has plenty of safe toys to chew on and keep them occupied. Keep an eye on when destructive incidents are happening, this behaviour in dogs can sometimes be a result of anxiety, and particularly separation anxiety.
Scratching in cats is normal behaviour. It helps them maintain nail health and is exercise for their backs and limbs. So to ensure they don’t take to stretching out on your new couch, provide ample alternatives such as scratching posts around your home to satisfy their routine.
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Get smart with décor and furniture choices
According to The Home stylist Emma Blomfield, having cheeky pets at home shouldn’t stop you from having a beautiful interior. Here are her top tips for a pet-friendly, stylish space.
1. Choose sturdy fabric and texture. Buying a sofa when you own a pet should take the same consideration when buying one when you have small children: always think durable, and avoid overly light coloured leathers and fabrics.
2. Throw rugs are your new best friend. Drape one over your lounge and encourage your pet to sit on it as opposed to directly on the couch. This means you can chuck the throw in the wash for a quick clean whenever needed.
3. Pets come with a lot of ‘stuff’, so try and find alternative options for their furniture – as opposed to the standard loud and bright products – to better blend in with your interior style.

‘Consider arranging knick knacks in trays so they’re not
as easily knocked off tables

4. Opt for floorboards, vinyl or tiles over carpet for areas where your pet spends most of their time such as the living room. These surfaces will be a lot easier to clean, and you’ll also be able to spot fur easily for prompt cleaning.
5. Keep your decorative pieces to a minimum and out of tail wagging radius! Consider arranging knick knacks in trays so they’re not as easily knocked off tables of shelving.
6. Choose man-made materials when it comes to floor rugs. These are often more forgiving than natural fibres such as cotton or wool that will absorb accidents. Most man-made materials such as acrylic or polypropylene are spill resistant.
Competition: Australia’s Worst Pet Peeves

The Home, Take 5 magazine, and PetCircle.com.au have launched a search to find Australia’s Worst Pet Peeves. So if you’ve spied dirty paw prints on your new carpet or said goodbye to scatter cushions the cat has destroyed, let us know for a chance to win pet furniture and toys from The Home, pet food from PetCircle.com.au, and an Instax camera from Fujifilm.
To enter, head to worstpetpeeves.com.au. Entries close midnight on August 14.
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*Survey was conducted in June 2016 with over 5,000 Australians.