Pets bring a lot of joy to the family. You and your kids love to play with them, and there’s just something about pets that helps bring down your stress levels after a hard day’s work. You may be really exhausted at the end of the day, but once your cat or dog jumps onto your lap, you can feel your worries melt away with every stroke of your beloved pet’s fur.
Unfortunately, apart from joy and de-stressing, pets also bring other stuff with them. With their litter and their fur, our pets can make keeping your home smelling and feeling clean and fresh a little more difficult than usual. It is, however, not impossible to do. Here are a few tips we’d like to share about keeping a home with pets fresh.
Make dealing with litter a daily task
As long as you keep the litter box fresh on a daily basis, you won’t have to deal with the particularly nasty smell of litter. Find a container with a tight cover, line it with a plastic bag and put it next to the box that you can empty every few days. To keep the litter fresh, add more fresh litter to maintain the ideal 2-3 inch level. Every month or so, replace the contents of litter box entirely.
Also, it pays to use the right kind of litter. Visit your local neighbourhood pet store and you’ll see that there are now many kinds of litter being sold today. You can buy litter with special formulations for multiple cats. You can also go for products made from corn or crushed walnut shells, both of which are great for deodorizing and clumping.
Keep fur under control
Excessive fur will always be a problem for pet owners, especially if their breed of cats or dogs is particularly furry. Many home owners have already gotten used to seeing dog or cat fur on their clothes, their couches, their carpet and all the other parts of the house that pets have access to.
There are ways, however, to keep fur under control. Getting your pets groomed on a regular basis is one. Even more effective is regular and thorough brushing. Since there are many kinds of pet brushes designed for specific kinds of hair, you can ask your groomer or pet store associate for help in choosing the right brush for your pet.
To remove hair on your clothes and everywhere else, you can use sticky brushes or rubberised brushes that attract hair by building up a static charge. It would also be great if you can vacuum or sweep around the house on a daily basis.
Clean up pet stains thoroughly
Even if your pet is potty trained, there will always be a time that they will revert to their instincts and just relieve them anywhere they feel like. You wish that they’d only do it on the floor, but that, of course, isn’t the case. They do it on carpets or even on your couch, which can make cleaning it doubly harder. Still, you will have to clean that stained area up thoroughly, or your pet may smell the business he did on that spot and continue doing it right there.
More often than not, home owners use regular household cleaners and spray deodorisers to get rid of the smell, but the smell only goes away temporarily. For the smell to go away for good, use cleaning products specially made for pet stains. These special cleaning products contain a special enzyme that reacts to the bacteria in urine, and totally eradicates the smell.
If pet stains continue to become a problem, you can also use cleaning pads that are more absorbent than paper towels to wipe off the spot.
If you would like a hand with adding pet-friendly features to your own home, please contact us here and we will find the right handyman or tradesperson for you and your pet.
Yes, having pets involves a little extra work on your part. However, if you take into consideration the love, friendship and joy that they bring into your home, all that work is just a small price to pay for having them around.