Renovations can be a stressful time for everyone in your home, including your pets, so keeping the process as stress-free as possible for them is key. Here are some tips to help ensure that everyone is kept healthy & happy:
A professional Contracting company will do their best to minimize disruption during a renovation but everyone’s routine will be impacted to some degree. This is easy to explain to a child or teenager, but difficult for a pet to understand. So the best solution would be to have friends or family entertain your pet away from the construction site during working hours.
Make Sure All Pets Have Been Micro-chipped
A proper introduction helps and a competent Site Supervisor will want to know all the details on any animals in the house. But when animals are scared or stressed the ‘fight or flight’ instinct kicks in. So it’s important to make sure your furry friends are properly tagged and micro-chipped to ensure a safe return if they do happen to get out.
Prepare a ‘Safe Room’
Creating a sealed area in your house or a ‘safe room’ before the renovations will help ease the shock for your pets when all the new commotion starts. Fill it with familiar toys, furniture, and favourite blankets as well as the essentials (food bowls, litter boxes, water dishes, etc) so that everything your pet could ever need is in one area. Create white noise with radios and TVs to help tune out the noisy intruders (the workers) who might stress out Mr. Mittens. Inform everyone on site that this is an area not to be touched – you can even hang a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign to remind people to leave it alone.
Keep Routine Regular
Even with the hustle and bustle of renovations twisting your everyday schedule around, it’s important to try your best to keep your pet’s routine regular. This means consistent feeding times, walks, and don’t forget snuggles. Spend as much spare time as possible hanging out with your fuzzy buddies to distract them (and you) from all the commotion.
Cleaning & Ventilation
To prevent your pets from inhaling construction dust, set up fans during the day. When you get home, open windows and doors to try and air out your home. To the best of their ability, a professional Contracting company will have isolated the work space with poly walls and zipper doors, but if you must let your pets out after the work day is done, try to keep them away from the construction area. Although every attempt is made to clean up the site daily you should also monitor the area and dispose of dangerous objects that can be chewed by a curious pup or an angry cat.
Post-Reno Vet Check Up
It might be a good idea to schedule your pet’s annual Veterinary check up to coincide with your renovation completion date. This will make sure they are healthy and ready to enjoy your updated home with you and your family.
Check out these pet solutions for some of our clients:
This family had us design and build a Pet Food Station tucked neat and tidy under their cabinets for their pup Tikka.
Another customer made sure her pup Max had some lovely artwork to look at while he munched away!