Purr-fect Design Ideas Your Cat Will Love

Live chic, stylish and comfortably with your feline friend by making your home cat-friendly.
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It’s no secret that I’m the resident cat lover here at HGTV.com. Don’t get me wrong, I adore dogs. But when I adopted my four-year-old cat, D’Artagnan, I became enamored by these sassy, independent animals. As someone who was raised with canines, I’m still figuring out my cat’s unique personality every day. I’ll tell you this, though: I’ve raised one cuddly cat.

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But, as all pet owners know, creating a pet-friendly home is a key element to your pet’s happiness and your sanity. Here are some ways you can keep your home chic, stylish and comfy for your pets, too.

Buy Washable Fabrics

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Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Pets have accidents. It’s just part of it. So, protect your bed by using duvet covers, cotton bed sheets and other durable fabrics that can be washed regularly.

Slipcovers, FTW!

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Until you’ve deterred Fluffy from using your beloved sofa as a scratching post, a durable slipcover will definitely do the trick. You can also look into purchasing a sofa made of Ultrasuede, a stain-resistant, machine-washable microfiber your cat will adore.

Let Cats Climb

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Cat structures aren’t the most attractive things I’ve ever laid eyes on (I’m looking at you, carpet scratch posts). But there are some newer options that allow cats to climb while offering a more pleasing aesthetic for the home. See more cat furniture ideas, plus learn how to make a cat condo (above).

Access to the Outdoors

Stylish Cat Door

Stylish Cat Door

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden , 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Give your pet the freedom to come and go with a user-friendly door. Make sure you keep your outdoor space and garden pet-friendly, too.

Let Them (Safely) Explore

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Cat in Wire Tunnel

Cat tunnels are the perfect way to let your feline explore outside while keeping them safe and enclosed. You can build one of these “cat walks” yourself or call a professional. See more outdoor structures for animals.

Grow Your Own Cat Treats

Watering Grass

Watering Grass

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

My cat can’t stay out of my houseplants. I know I’m not alone here. Grow your cat a plant they can nibble on that’s nutritional for them, too. Get the step-by-step instructions.

More Cat-Friendly Crafts + Tips

Adorable Animals Around the House

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Cute Pets and Their Celebrity Owners: Chewie and Antonio Ballatore

Chewie and Antonio Ballatore

Tilly and Naomi Judd

Harper and Sabrina Soto

Rescued Pups and Haylie Duff

Bambi and Tinsley Mortimer

Gigolo and Lisa and Ken Vanderpump

Mia and Danielle Colding

Furry Friends and Beth Stern

Cute Pets With Their Favorite People

Cute Pets Around the Home

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Cute Pets Conquer the Outdoors

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Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Lisa Steele

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Family Garden © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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