Yesterday I had the pleasure to read about this dog that cost his owners almost 20 thousand pounds in home renovations. Rollie has such an insatiable appetite for food that he will even “body-bash the stair gate on the greenhouse to get at the tomatoes,” and so a massive amount of home renovations were necessary in order to keep him away from all edibles. Rollie’s owners are certainly an extreme example of people who have had challenges around renovations and pet ownership, but it got me thinking about home improvement issues.
Before you begin thinking about home renovations, you should consider your dog or cat and how they are going to react. Maybe the improvements you are making will directly benefit your beloved pet, but even if they are solely for your own interests (or the interest of your home’s value) you should be thinking about how your small creatures will handle the stress of the renovations. Here are some tips!
Check your credit score – Before you emBARK on the process of a home renovation with pets you should check your credit score – there is no sense getting everything in place to get started only to find out that there is a problem or past unpaid debt on your credit profile. It pays to learn more about your credit score, for your own wellbeing – and the wellbeing of your pets.
See the vet – Before any renovations commence, you should take your pet for a check-up. Many health problems can be masked or hidden and only make themselves known when stress occurs – the sudden onset of loud noises, strange smells and unfamiliar people could trigger an already underlying illness. A vet visit is a good idea both before and perhaps even after extensive renovations.
Remove them from your home – Experts on pet health agree, “if you are having a loud, extensive, and invasive renovation done, the best solution for your pets is to remove them from the home.” This may not be an option for you, or perhaps you feel that the renovation won’t be too invasive – use the other tips below.
Have your pets microchipped – No matter how many precautions you take for the safety and happiness of your pet, there is a chance that your dog or cat will get spooked and escape, fleeing down the street in a panic. In the case that a skittish pet gets loose, a microchip will ensure that they get back to you and do not end up in the pound.
Have familiar objects nearby – Make sure that your pet’s favourite blankets, toys and bed are nearby, and try to sequester them away from the heart of the chaos. If loud, constant drilling is present try playing some soothing music or leaving the television on so that it drowns out some of the unpleasant sounds.
These are only a few suggestions that you can implement if you are having home renovations with your pets present.
Do you have any further tips or comments to add?
* This is a collaborative post.