sunroom addition

How To Create A Pet-Friendly Sunroom

We love our pets. They are very much a part of our families. We keep them clean and healthy, and share our homes with them. A sunroom addition is perfect for the furry (or feathery) members of the family.

Sunroom Addition

Adding a sunroom to your home is a smart move on many levels. A sunroom gives you additional living space. You can add heating (and/or air conditioning) and use your sunroom year-round.

A sunroom allows you and your family to enjoy tahe beauty of nature while being protected from the elements. Enjoy reading in a sunny room, or snuggle with your dog during a rainstorm. Add to the beauty and uniqueness of your home and increase your property value. Click here for more details, see

Making your sunroom addition pet-friendly

Dogs and cats love stretching out and napping in the warm sun. The sun beaming in from outside gives your pet the perfect haven for this recreation. They are not bothered by fleas, mosquitos, or other insects that could make them sick resulting in costly medications and vet visits.


It is natural to want to put plants in your sunroom. That is one of its best features. Keep in mind that animals like to nibble on plants. You want to only use plants that are not poisonous to animals. For a list of pet-friendly plants, click here.

Dogs (especially puppies) like to dig in the soil. If you are using large planters, it can be a very tempting treat for your dog. You can train your dog to leave the plants alone, but it may take a while. Until then, dip cotton balls in oil of cloves and put them in the soil. This is a repellent to dogs and it will not hurt your plants.


Pet owners often complain about the damage their pets do to furniture. It is wise to ask your supplier if a living room set is pet-friendly. Leather furniture is great for indoors, but to your puppy, it can look like a giant chew toy. Wicker looks wonderful in a sunroom, but it doesn’t stand up well to a cat’s paws.

Furniture must be easy to clean, durable, and it must stand up to snags and scratches. There are plenty of options. Be sure to provide a bedding space for your pets in the sunroom. Train your dog to sleep on his bed which should be placed in a sunny spot.

Pet Comfort

Remember, your sunroom feels like it is outside, but it is not. Your dog still needs to be walked regularly. If you have a doggy door that enables the animals to enter and exit the home from the sunroom, they will do well. However, if there is not a way for them to enter and exit on their own, make sure you provide a place for them to get water.

Decor and breakables

If you are decorating with a lot of glass or fragile items, you probably should not use the sunroom for the pets. Animals are curious. Things may get turned over or knocked off of low tables. Most cat owners know the Christmas tree is a cat magnet. Before you decorate, consider who will be using the space and make sure it is safe and comfortable for everyone.

Pets bring us a lot of joy and we want them to be healthy and loved. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your pet can enjoy your sunroom as much as you do.