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Nine tips to keep your home from becoming an animal house

Making man’s best friend and felines feel right at home.

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Instead of banishing their furry friends to the yard, many pet owners are decorating and remodeling their living spaces with their pets’ needs in mind.

Here is how to have a beautiful house and a pet, too:

Even if you match your chaise to your Siamese so perfectly the hairballs are barely visible, vacuum kitty’s hair off the furniture at least twice a week. You may need to vacuum daily when your pet is shedding.

2 Bathe and groom your pet often.

Keeping your dog or cat clean will help your house stay cleaner, longer. Think of it this way: It’s easier to clean your dog than your upholstery, and it’s usually more fun.

3 Use stain-resistant fabrics.

Forget silk, chintz or the pet-hair magnet known as velvet. Discover the joys of Crypton, a synthetic fabric that’s resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws.

4 Put washable fabrics on your bed.

If your dog or cat sleeps with you, there will be accidents. Protect your mattress from the inevitable by covering it with a thick pad. Use cotton sheets in a pattern that can hide pet hair and stains between washings.

5 Skip wall-to-wall carpet.

Carpet absorbs odors, traps pet hair and soaks up inevitable pet-related stains like a sponge.

6 Choose hard-surface floors.

The best floor is ceramic tile, because it’s easy to clean and resistant to any stain an animal can dish out.

7 Set up an animal room near an entry.

If your dog goes outside, make sure he can come back in through a room where he can be cleaned up.

It’s important to give your dog something to chew on, or he might go after a chair leg. No messy pig’s ears or greasy rawhide bones.

9 Match colors to your pet’s fur.

Your pet can be a source of inspiration when choosing colors for your room. Paint a concrete floor the same shade of gray as your cat. Cover your sofa in a honey microfiber that matches your golden retriever.