How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Painting Your House

keeping pets safe while painting the house

keeping pets safe while painting the house

Pets should be treated as full members of the family so, naturally, each decision you make regarding your house, also concerns them and their safety. If you decided to refresh the look of your interior and are considering a paint job, you need to make sure your pets won’t be affected by the change.

Here are the most common problems you might encounter while painting your house and dealing with the animals inside it and, most importantly, how to handle them properly.

 

Stress

No matter if you opt for painting contractors or decide to do it on your own, there is a level of stress and discomfort your pets will feel. Consider the mess you are creating in the entire house, including the furniture moved away from the walls, the cabinets taken down, and the overall amount of dust and debris you will cause.

All these will naturally affect your pets, especially if we’re talking about cats and dogs. These animals are territorial and don’t handle changes too well when it comes to their habitats. Keep in mind that there will be some strangers entering your house, making noise, and generally disturbing your pets’ habitat, which will lead to stressful situations.

 

Choking hazards

Painting the interior of the house will inevitably lead to a general disaster that might last for weeks, and this includes paint cans, brushes, racks, chairs, loose screws, cords, and others. Each one of these elements possesses a choking hazard for pets roaming around, so you may also want to consider this before renovating your home.

 

Toxic fumes

Another thing to worry about is the potentially dangerous composition of the paints and all the toxic fumes that go out once you open a can of paint. And, while you can easily wear a mask to avoid irritations, your pet may not be able to do the same, which exposes them to health risks.

 

Quality problems

Not even finding the perfect collar and leash for your pet won’t keep them away from trouble, especially in a freshly painted home. They can brush against the wall or tip over a can of paint accidentally, which will cost you plenty of time and money to repair.

 

How to solve these problems

Although the animals don’t mean it, accidents can happen, and this is why you should be prepared for these situations.

There are plenty of things you can do, starting with placing your pets in another area of the house where they don’t have access to brushes or wet walls. Make sure to relocate their crib too, alongside all their favorite accessories, including chewing toys, litter boxes, bedding, and food bowls.

If you’re planning on repainting the entire house at once, it would be best to find a temporary home for your pets. Try talking to your relatives or friends about hosting the animals for a short while, until you finish remodeling. If none of them lives close by, you can look for pet daycares or pet shops that are willing to host your furry friends for a fee.

If they are still allowed to visit and check on the painting progress, make sure the house and all the freshly-painted walls are pet-proof.

Allow the paint to dry for a couple of days until the smell wears off and keep your animals close to you at all times. If we’re talking about dogs, cats or other small furry animals, don’t let them near the painted walls to prevent unwanted tracks of paint all over the carpets, floors, and furniture.

Author: JanusGP