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A home for your dog doesn’t have to resemble, well, the dog house. While most dogs and cats may make fewer demands than a house full of children, they do deserve a safe, comfortable, pet-appropriate home. With animals living in as many as two-thirds of local households, creating a welcome space for the furriest family members is essential. From puppy-friendly rugs and pillows to scratch-resistant, cat-specific design ideas, here are a few elements to make your place into a veritable pet palace.

photos by Shannon Richardson

Velvet throw pillow $16.99, World Market
Cats dislike the feel of velvet on their paws – incorporating a velvet sofa, arm chair, or even throw pillows will help keep your feline friend off of the furniture, making for less wear and tear over time.

Faux fur throw $59.99, World Market
Both stylish and cozy, a fur rug or throw becomes an irresistible napping spot – the dense fibers will help hide obnoxious pet hair, too.

Evercare fur eraser $4.99, Target
This heavy-duty pet hair remover uses a brush to lift embedded hair, then whisks it away with “extra sticky” disposable sheets.

Threshold accent rug $14.99, Target
When you’re losing the battle over the couch to a stubborn pet, try a sturdy rug rather than a blanket. Tuck it over couch cushions or the back of the sofa – you’ll add texture and flare while protecting your investment.

Furgopet deshedding tool $19.99, Target
Keep messy hair off your clothes and furniture with a tool that promises “a cleaner house and clothes in a few minutes a week.” Your pet will also appreciate less hair during hot summer months.

Mad Mat no-maintenance, recycled plastic outdoor carpet $49, Pete’s Greenhouse
Forget expensive Oriental rugs when you’re training a new pet. A rinse-off, no-maintenance outdoor carpet fits the bill when you’re looking for style without the risk.

by Jason Boyett

Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at
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