If you're like most pet owners, you want to include your furry friend in as many activities as possible — and if you've got a patio installation in your future, you undoubtedly want to make it as pet-friendly as possible. Here's what you need to know:
Choose the Right Materials
Select materials that are durable and easy to clean. Avoid materials that can be harmful to your pet such as toxic plants, sharp edges, or materials that can overheat in the sun. Look for pet-safe plants like catnip, rosemary, or mint that are also fragrant and can add a pleasant aroma to your patio.
Provide plenty of shade for your pets to escape from the sun's harmful rays. A simple umbrella, patio awning, or retractable shade cloth can offer a shaded area for your pets to rest and relax — keep in mind that dogs in particular can suffer from the heat because they don't release heat from their bodies by sweating the way that humans do.
Add water features
Some pets love playing in the water, so consider adding a small water feature to your patio that can also serve as a source of drinking water for your pet. Just make sure to keep the water clean and fresh.
Install Pet-Friendly Fencing
If your pets are prone to wandering off or if you have a larger pet, consider installing a pet-friendly fence around your patio. A fence can help keep your pets safe and secure while allowing them to enjoy the outdoors.
Provide Pet-Friendly Furniture
Choose furniture that is comfortable and pet-friendly. Look for easy-to-clean fabrics, and avoid materials that can be easily scratched or torn. Consider pet-friendly furniture covers that can be easily washed or replaced.
Create a Pet Play Area
Create a designated area for your pets to play and have fun. You can add toys, agility equipment, and even a sandpit for your furry friends to dig and play in. Make sure the play area is away from any potential hazards such as sharp objects or toxic plants.
Keep it clean
Regularly clean your patio to keep it free of pet hair, dirt, and debris. Sweep or hose down the patio, and clean any pet toys or water dishes. This will not only keep your patio looking nice but also ensure a safe and healthy environment for your pets.
Your local patio contractor can provide you with more ideas on making the most of your new patio.