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Holiday Entertaining Tips for Pet Owners

Having a pet doesn’t preclude your home from being tidy and smelling fresh. With these useful hints, learn how to keep your pet-friendly house clean.

Without a doubt, a home for a dedicated “pet parent” is incomplete without at least one animal with fur. The presence of young Foxy and Pumpkin in the household does, however, make maintaining a tidy, fresh-smelling home a little more difficult, as even the most committed pet owner must confess.

 

Upkeep of the litter box

If you make cleaning the litter box a regular activity, it is not difficult to maintain even with many cats. Peter recommends, “Make sure you’re using the correct kind of litter for your situation.” There are many different types of litter available now, including formulations for several cats and items made from crushed walnut shells or corn that are excellent at clumping and deodorizing, according to the expert.

Keep a container adjacent to the box that is tightly sealed and lined with plastic bags that you can dump every few days. You can even purchase specialized bag sealers that function similarly to the devices used to seal diapers. Additionally, some municipalities permit you to gather pet trash in your organic garbage “green” receptacle. Every two to three inches, add new litter to the box to keep the level there, and replace the entire contents once a month or so.

Limit the amount of pet hair around your home

Fur in your home, bed sheets, and car can be a persistent issue for many pet owners, but there are ways to keep it under control, according to Peter. Some breeds, particularly those with long fur, gain from routine trips to the groomer, but arguably the simplest and most successful way to keep your pet under control is to simply give him a thorough brushing every day. Your groomer or a salesperson at a pet store can help you choose the best brush for your pet out of the many varieties available, each of which is made for a specific type of hair.

Your pet may be stressed, have health or skin issues, be eating the incorrect things, or even be experiencing regular seasonal shedding if they are shedding a lot. If you need to take more action, your veterinarian might be able to advise you.

You can get rubberized brushes that create a static charge to attract the hair or use one of those sticky brushes to remove fur that is already on your clothing, couch, carpet, automobile upholstery, and anywhere else. Swiffering, sweeping, or light vacuuming on a daily basis will also help keep it under control.

Managing pet accidents and stains

How to handle spills on carpet, upholstered furniture, or floors is one of the trickiest issues that pet owners encounter. Peter recommends that it’s critical to remove pet stains as fully as promptly as you can because your pet can smell them and may return and relieve himself in the same location. This is important because the scent can be unpleasant and follow you about for the rest of time.

The secret is to use cleaning solutions designed specifically for pet stains since they have an enzyme that can react with the germs in urine. “Household spray cleansers or deodorizers may temporarily get rid of the stench, but it will come back.” One of the products he suggests has an extended spout-type applicator that reaches deep into the carpet pile (or other nooks and crannies), delivering the chemical exactly where it is needed. It can also be used in conjunction with such a special black light that reveals all urine traces for thorough cleanup.

Adsorbent cleansing pads that soak up moisture more effectively than traditional paper towels or products made specifically for surfaces like hardwood floors are other items you might take into consideration, especially if pet accidents are a recurring problem.

Although it’s true that those of us who live with pets may have a bit more housework to do than those who don’t, consider it a little price to pay for the love and companionship they provide us in exchange.