- Author: Niki D'Andrea
- Category: At Home
- Issue: Nov 2012
Make changes fur the better to boost your rooms’ pet-friendly quotient.
Late British veterinary surgeon James Herriot said, “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort,” while 19th century social reformer Henry Ward Beecher opined, “The dog is the god of frolic.” So it stands to reason that a pet owner’s home should have at least one room that’s both plush and playful.
To illuminate the subject, consider wireless lighting options like ceiling lamps from Mesa-based Pentimento Lighting & Furnishings. In addition to eliminating the trip and chew hazards of corded lamps, the lights come in several styles and range from 26 to 60 watts. Most of the ceiling lamps use incandescent bulbs, and one – the “Bling Bling” model – even resembles a chintzy dog collar.
Many people treat their pets like royalty but can’t exactly “roll out the red carpet” for Rover, since it compounds cleaning problems when nature calls. Hard surfaces like bamboo, laminate, rubber and slate are ideal for pet rooms. Slate is particularly smart because it’s durable and low maintenance; it’s often used for pool surrounds and driveways. In addition to making clean-up more convenient, hard floors provide cooler surfaces in summer for thick-coated cats and canines.
Any room where four-legged friends spend a lot of time is susceptible to strange stains on its walls. Goodale True Value Hardware carries satin paint perfect for such situations. The paint has a slight sheen but stands up well to soap-and-water washings, making it ideal for heavy-use rooms like hallways, kids’ bedrooms, and pet rooms.
When it’s playtime for kitty – and when is it not? – the Trixie Dreamworld Oviedo Cat Tree (available locally at Ryan’s Pet Supplies) provides a plush playground. Three platforms provide launching (or lounging) points, and posts wrapped with sisal (a stiff fiber made from agave) give felines something safe to scratch. Cute paw prints on the base add an “aww” factor. Dogs will dig the tons of toys at Arizona-based PetSmart, which include everything from agility kits/obstacle courses and strong KONG chew toys to nylon flying discs and squeaking plush animals. Sleeping dogs can lie on one of PetSmart’s numerous beds, which come in all sizes and run the gamut from $40 “nest beds” to snazzy, stylish $400 Metropolitan Pet Beds by LazyBonezz.
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True Value EasyCare Interior Paint
This stain- and mildew-resistant paint is available in flat, flat enamel, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes, and is easy to scrub clean. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. Call for prices.
Goodale True Value Hardware
129 E. Western Ave., Goodyear
Top Paw Snuggle Up Dog Bed
This silky-soft canine cushion, composed of polyester blend fabric and micro-fiber, features a 100 percent recycled fiber fill and is machine washable. Medium beds measure 26 x 22 x 10 inches; large beds measure 35 x 27 x 10 inches ($44.99).
Multiple Valley locations
Hera Organic Pendant Light
This square woven basket lamp measures 16 x 16 inches and hangs from natural rope, eliminating trip and chew hazards. The inside houses a 120v incandescent bulb. Call for prices.
737 W. Second Ave., Mesa
Oviedo Cat Tree
This feline funhouse measures 17.72 x 11.02 x 41.34 inches and includes sisal-wrapped posts, a plush tunnel, and three platforms ($71.95).
Ryan’s Pet Supplies
1805 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix