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Do you have a pet friendly craft room or is your potential danger to your furry (or feathered) family members? As a long time momma of kitties, birds, and other animals, I love being able to let my pets keep me company while I’m creating. But, having a pet in your craft room means making special accommodations for your sanity and your pets’ wellbeing.
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Ideas for a Pet Friendly Craft Room
For many years as a crafter, I’ve had a cat in our home. I can’t imagine working all day in my craft room without letting them in. I don’t think they would let me LOL! There would be much meowing and scratching at the door if I tried. I’ve also shared my creative space with a parakeet and a guinea pig. They bring joy to my day and keep me company while I craft or write. If you’re a pet owner, I’m betting you would agree with my sentiment.
But having pets around your craft project isn’t always easy. They are curious, playful creatures and even, sometimes, sensitive to certain hazards. But, here’s some ideas I’ve used to make a pet friendly craft room.
Protect Your Supplies
Your craft supplies are an investment. The last thing you want is see your pet destroying something. It’s best to keep your supplies picked up and put away in storage that is pet proof. Consider arranging a cabinet or closet with shelves. Add shelves off the floor on your walls. I’ve even used an empty tub turned upside down to cover unfinished projects. Keep a lint brush closeby to remove stray hair. As you can see below, I wouldn’t survive without one! LOL
Instead of using open baskets or shelves, put fabrics and other supplies in lidded bins. Not only does it protect against pet hair but also exposure to dust and sunlight. Make cute labels for your bins so you know what’s inside. Drawers work nicely, too. Buy vintage dressers or armoires. Then paint them to match your room’s colors.
Keep liquids from being spilled. There is nothing worse than a spilled drink over your craft supplies. Put your drinks in lidded containers. And, avoid spilling your paint brush water, too. A heavy jar that doesn’t fall over easy helps. Don’t overfill it and put up an out of the way from pets when you’re not using it.
And, most important, keep dangerous products out your pet’s reach. That includes loose yarn, string, and items with chemicals. That last thing you want is your furbaby being rushed to the vet because he/she ate something they shouldn’t.
Provide Pet Friendly Space
Give your pets some room to play and sleep. Provide them a cozy bed and bin of toys. Include some that let you take a break to play with your cat or dog. For my two cats, I have a cat bed for my older and a fleece blanket on the corner of my work space for my younger one. There’s always some cat nip toys nearby for play time. They let me know when their bored and need some playtime! It seems my cats like it when I switch out toys to keep things interesting.
Keep some treats handy. Especially for my older cat, I keep a couple little closed tubs around with kibbles and treats. She doesn’t move around as well as my younger cat. So, it helps her to get some food during the day instead of walking all the way to the kitchen. For dogs, you can keep some handy as a reward for being good!
A note about other small pets. As I said I’ve had a parakeet, going on 12 years now, and have had a guinea pig, too. Their main needs in my craft space was keeping them safe and warm. I make sure the craft room is a comfortable temperature for them. I give them enough space to prevent our younger cat from jumping at the cage. And I don’t use toxic sprays or supplies in or near them.
Consider Their Schedules
Trying to string beads during your cat’s most active time may not be a great idea. Some years ago, we had a kitten who loved when I was braiding raffia into heart wreaths. He would jump at the strands of raffia and make impossible for me to work. So I shifted my schedule to do that kind of work when he was napping. It helped a lot! It’s like you have a child and working around their schedule, but you can also provide your pets stimulating toys they can play alone if you’re busy creating.
You pets learn your routine. So, if you practice a routine of when you going to be creating, you can train them what to expect by practicing it with them. Sometimes, I’m not sure who has trained who. Did I train my cats or have they trained me? Sshh don’t tell them I said that. LOL!
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