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Pet Friendly Window Treatments

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Cat By WindowHave you ever tried to Google the words “pets” and “blinds”? If so, you have probably seen countless images of cats clawing blinds and dogs destroying other window treatments. While some may find this amusing, this can be a real nightmare for homeowners. You may not even consider purchasing shades or blinds if they cannot stand up to your pets. After all, what is the point of having a nice custom window treatment if your furry friend is going to destroy it in a matter of seconds?

You may question whether or not you will ever be able to own nice things. Luckily, pet owners have many options available. Consider these window treatments when attempting to pet-proof your home.

Go Cordless

When you think of safe window treatments, we often think of babies and small infants. Cordless window blinds were implemented as a way to keep children safe because they prevent entanglement within cords, and accidently strangulation. This applies to pets as well.

Dangling cords not only pose a serious threat to children; they can also be a problem for cats and dogs that see the cord as an irresistible toy. By choosing cordless operating systems, you remove the temptation and eliminate the risk of pets getting tangled in the cord. You won’t have to worry about your cats using your cords as a toy! Avoid pooling drapery, ornate tassels and long cords because your pets may hurt themselves when trying to escape in a panic.

Be Cautious of Blinds

Any pet lover will tell you that it’s no secret that pets love to look out the window. Therefore, you need to choose a window treatment style that allows your pet easy access to their favorite spot.

If you’re considering blinds as a window treatment, we suggest you exercise extreme caution. Blinds, especially aluminum, aren’t a smart choice for pet friendly window treatments. Many pets, particularly cats, will climb through the slats, causing damage. Once the slats are damaged, repairing them can be difficult. This will end up costing you a lot of money.

If you have your heart set on blinds as a window treatment, then consider faux wood blinds because they are sturdier and can better withstand pet damage. While these blinds might be more expensive, you will save yourself money from constant repair and replacement.

Shades, drapery and vertical blinds are all excellent choices for pet owners because each window treatment allows your pet to pass through with limited difficulty. Shutters also tend to be sturdier.

Choose the Right Fabric

When deciding on an appropriate window treatment, you also need to select a fabric that is pet friendly. Curtains in particular can be a nightmare for pet owners because cats love to sharpen their claws on the fabric dangling at their level. Even if an animal doesn’t damage the curtains, they may leave behind pet hair, slobber, and dirt if they walk near the curtains.

For these reasons, you need a fabric that is easy to clean, and will not accumulate a lot of pet hair.  Suede material tends to cause problems for cat hair.  Be sure to avoid silk because it can get caught in animals’ claws easily.

You should also choose fabrics that are similar in color to your pet’s fur, or fabrics that have patterns and tweed designs. These fabric choices tend to hide pet hair better than other fabrics.

Conclusions

When considering a window redecoration,  you need to plan carefully so that your furry friends do not destroy your décor. Remember, just because you have a rambunctious pet does not mean you cannot have nice, stylish things. With proper precautions, you can have window treatments that will best serve your family, friends and your pets.

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