Cleaning up after your pet
We all love our fur babies, but sometimes they can be a little messy.
Our cats and dogs give us a lifetime of love and joy, but whether it's shedding fur, a smelly litter box or unexpected accidents, there's a downside. However, there are a few simple tips that can make living with our pets much more enjoyable.
Regular brushing can help cut down on shedding around the house. How often depends on the breed. If hairballs really bother you, it might be wise to consider a non-shedding breed. Dust wipes can be a life-saver if you have a pet that's shedding.
Cats are known for keeping themselves clean (even if they don't always use that same standard with their surroundings) and dogs should be bathed about once a month (unless they love to play in the mud of course) as bathing too often can dry out the natural oils on their skin.
Accidents are relatively easy to clean up on a tile or vinyl floor, but can be trickier on carpets or furniture. First clean up the excess pee with a cloth. A urine remover is recommended to help make the smell disappear.
The litter box is the often the biggest challenge. It needs to be cleaned and disinfected regularly. If soap and water isn't getting the job done, don't be afraid to use some bleach, but make sure it's rinsed thoroughly.
Toys and feeding bowls can get grimy and should be washed regularly.
If your pet gets ill, accidents will happen with more frequency. Clean and disinfect any areas they have touched. Make sure your pet has all their vaccinations up to date, just like for their human owners, prevention is the best medicine.
Some pets, especially cats, like to jump up on countertops, especially when food is being prepared. It's a good idea to always wipe any surfaces they touch thoroughly with a wet wipe or paper towel and cleaning solution. It's also a good idea to keep cutting boards, knives and other food preparation tools in cupboards and drawers.
Don't forget, there are some diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans, so make sure to wash your hands with soap and water after petting or feeding your pet.
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