For the most part, pets are a joy to have around the house. They can make you happy when you feel awful and there are few who would turn down regular, unsolicited snuggles. Yet from time to time, living with pets can be taxing, stressful and downright irritating. Especially, as in my case, when your little furry friends seem to have a vendetta against objects in your home. One of my cats seems to be seriously uncomfortable with lampshades and has taken out several lamps (recently a personal favorite turquoise mid-century reproduction met its demise. RIP lamp.) with extreme prejudice over the years. She also has a tendency to stomp on poor, unsuspecting plants for a reason I haven’t been able to figure out, even if those plants are covered in loads of prickles, resulting in trauma to both the plant and the cat.
Aside from their quirks, living with animals in general requires some concessions. I can’t use tablecloths because that’s been a recipe for disaster with rambunctious cats and the white furniture I once had is slowly being phased out because it becomes instantly coated with gross amounts of incredibly visible cat fur. And lets not even get started with the office chair that has to be covered with an unsightly blanket because when it’s not, even for a second, it becomes a scratching post. At the end of the day, however, when you see them doing something ridiculously adorable or sometimes even obnoxiously mischievous all the little annoyances melt away and you remember why it is you invited these little weirdos into your home in the first place.
What about you, readers? What kind of concessions have you had to make around the house to make it pet-friendly?