Feeling isolated or just craving companionship? While we are working from home, our pets have become our company mascots, sitting at our feet or nudging us playfully to take a break for a short walk. PetPoint, a software program shared by some 1,200 shelters nationwide, reports fostering and adoptions are up 700 percent over last year.
Even when or if we return to on-site work, a survey by Banfield Pet Hospital found that 57 percent of pet owners say they’ll be most happy returning to work if they can bring their pets with them. Additionally, 71 percent of Gen Z’ers and 48 percent of Millennials have or plan to ask their employer to start a pet-friendly policy.
When we renovated our home many years ago, we never imagined that our dog would accompany us to our work space and become an indispensable part of our work routine. So the choices we made during the renovation project weren’t based on our pet’s needs. Here are some things we have learned over time that we wished we had known then.
Look for high-performance carpet to stand up to the wear and tear of active pets. Carpet constructed with nylon fiber is widely considered the most durable and resilient fiber. High-performance polyester is also a good choice due to its inherent stain resistance.
Built-in stain protection provides peace of mind. Since accidents are inevitable, easy-to-clean carpet is a must. Cleaning any mess as soon as possible will help prevent stains and soiling from damaging the look of your carpet.
Vacuum your carpet thoroughly to extend the life of your floor. It also helps keep pet hair at bay.
Consider a low-pile style with a textured look. A style with a textured visual or fleck of color can hide dirt or debris tracked in by little paws until you are ready to clean.
Do you have a home office? What type of flooring do you have in it?
Photo: Shaw Floors