So the big day for your bathtub renovation is ahead, and you’re concerned for your pet whose favorite napping spot is the edge of the tub. How will it react? How will the remodeling crew react? Questions can multiply, and the exciting day quickly becomes hectic. There are many tips to help with that!
Inspect Your Home, Inspect Your Pet
Breathing in dust and other harmful debris can be detrimental to a pet’s respiratory health. Having professionals inspect your home is crucial to identifying any lead-based paint, asbestos insulation, mold, and any other dangerous substance. In addition, making sure to have your pets stay clear of safety hazards like loose nails and open paint cans is important. Request the remodeling team to alert you when they are about to use any sprays, sharp tools, or toxic chemicals. Paying attention to your pets’ behavior is another key strategy. Dogs that urinate, bark, dig, chew household objects, and defecate when left alone may be trying to convey to you that they need help. Some signs of distress among cats include: low energy levels, aggression, and a lack of appetite. Contain your pets when necessary and remember that the team can also get hurt from the pets.
Unfamiliar smells and sounds alone can be unsettling to pets, but meeting new people can be doubly so. Even for the most sociable, outgoing pets, a crowded home can sometimes be a disturbance and a stimuli overload. Thankfully, introducing the renovation team to the pet during consultation rather than rushing the members into construction right away can help the pet grow familiar with the strangers and the new routine. If the members of the renovation team are not fond of pets, keeping the pet away from the construction zone is also a solution. To bring further comfort to your critter, consider getting it a new toy or snack; human beings can comprehend what is happening, but our four-legged friends need more to go on.
Since thunder and fireworks can be frightening to dogs and cats, it’s no surprise that the sound of drills and saws would have similar effects. One helpful way around these scares is to distance the pet from the site of the construction. Placing the pet inside a cubicle with soundproof walls can sound ideal, of course, but if such elaborate options aren’t available, it’s no biggie. If your pet has a separation anxiety, going on a walk with it is an excellent way to avoid the cacophony. Another tip is to accurately gauge your pet’s noise tolerance level. (Keep in mind that dogs tend to have a very acute sense of hearing.) If your pet can’t exactly go on a stroll with you, consider bringing it to a pet care facility for the duration of the construction.
Pets are marvelous creatures; they keep us company in our sorrows and make us laugh when we’re down. In many respects, making sure they’re safe and sound is the least we can do. When the pets feel at home, the remodeling team feel welcomed, and hazardous elements are dealt with, your project should be a success! Contact Drake Construction and get to know more renovation tips today!