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Helping Your Pet Thrive In A Tiny Home

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Living with a pet is a rich and rewarding experience. You have the opportunity to build a mutually positive and loving relationship. Not to mention that their company can boost your mental wellbeing. However, being a pet parent can be challenging at times.

Your tiny home lifestyle can be a contributing factor here. After all, when you’re already existing in close quarters, adding another body with their own varied needs can add a level of strain. This isn’t to say you can’t successfully share your little part of the world with an animal. Nevertheless, it requires some careful consideration and a few mindful adjustments.

We’re going to dive a little deeper into how you can help your pet thrive in a tiny home.

Consider Your Furniture

Your choices of furniture can genuinely affect the quality of your lifestyle when you have a tiny home. The wrong table or bookcase can take up valuable real estate and often make your day-to-day activities inconvenient. You often have to be creative and mindful in your approach. When you have a pet, and you need to add furniture considerations to help them thrive in your design processes.

Size is the most obvious issue here. You need to make sure there are no large or bulky items. This isn’t just from the perspective of capitalizing on your small living area. You need to make sure you don’t have the kind of furniture your pet can knock over if they occasionally get rambunctious, particularly if you have a big dog. This can lead to damage to your home and injuries to your pet.

A tiny home often leaves limited room to maneuver, too. Your pet is likely to be running around at a lower height and using less spatial consideration than you would. As such, it’s important to make sure there are no sharp corners to your tables and extended elements they can collide with or injure themselves on.

Size isn’t the only consideration when it comes to your furniture. Your pet can be particularly rough on soft furnishings and fabrics. It’s worth taking the time to source pet-friendly furniture that is less susceptible to damage. Finding durable and easily cleanable couches and cushions can mean you don’t need to be quite so concerned about the potential for stains, odors, or scratching damage. This is especially important in a tiny home where even small blemishes to the environment can be noticeable.

Maximize Their Space

A tiny home by its nature doesn’t come with a lot of free space. It’s one of the trade-offs of the lifestyle and can even be a perk if you’re trying to simplify things. However, it’s not fair to keep a pet cooped up in a cramped area where they can’t have some freedom of movement. Even with small animals, it’s important to take steps to maximize the space available to them.

This can begin by giving them open access to your yard via an appropriate pet door. It’s important to make sure you’re installing the most appropriate door for your pet’s size and weight. You should also source a door made from durable materials that will mitigate most forms of damage. Indeed, if your pet has mobility challenges, investing in an electronic pet door can improve its accessibility to all areas of your property.

A little extra effort here means whenever your pet finds the interior of your tiny home is too restrictive, they can choose to head into the garden. It can be helpful to create areas of shelter in your exterior spaces. This allows your pet to stay dry if they want to spend time outside on rainy days.

You can also make space-maximizing choices inside your home. Opt for kitchen counters or tables designed to fold away into the wall. Invest in furniture that doubles up as litter box housing or storage solutions. For cats, you may be able to fix soft-coated shelving to your walls. This gives them a high place to climb to and gain a little alone time.

Provide Stimulation

Your furry friend is unlikely to be happy if they just spend time curled up all day in your tiny home. Some older pets may prefer this, but most need more from their daily lives. To truly thrive, they need to experience a certain amount of stimulation. This can be challenging on a property with limited space, but it’s far from impossible.

It may seem like a simplistic solution, but you need to make sure your pet has access to the windows. If you have a small dog or cat, this could involve installing some steps up to a bed on the window ledge. This allows them to watch the comings and goings of the outside world and the wildlife. Hanging bird feeders outside the window or installing a feeding platform in your yard can encourage some entertaining interactions with the local fauna.

Getting a good selection of toys is also a must here. You don’t necessarily want a lot of balls and squeaky items cluttering your tiny space where you can trip on them, but you can utilize the space smartly by attaching dangling toys from door handles. There is also a growing range of smart pet toys you can control from a distance using an app or remote control. This means you can play with your pet without both of you competing for space or colliding with furniture.

Conclusion

Sharing your tiny home with a pet can be an enriching element of your life. However, it’s important to find appropriate solutions to the challenges this presents. Make considerate furniture choices and establish methods to maximize your pet’s roaming space. Importantly, make efforts to give your pet the stimulation safely in the area you have available. There’s no reason your tiny home can’t be a positive environment for you and your pet to grow and bond together.

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