“Dogs Live Here,” an open letter to house guests written by an unknown author, begins by advising would-be visitors that, despite regular vacuuming and cleaning, they should expect stray fur on their clothes. It’s one of the givens of pet ownership, along with dirty paw prints and the occasional unpleasant odor. Follow a few tips consistently, though, and your house will reflect you and not your pets’ hair color.
Control the Fur
Often the most aggravating parts of owning a dog or cat is the shedding and the fur that seems to fall off them like ripe apples off a tree. Make a habit of the following and you’ll see a drastic decrease in flying fur:
Brush your pet regularly for heavy shedders and weekly for light shedders. Regular brushing of your cat also helps prevent hairballs and constipation, which ultimately alleviates additional cleaning for you.
Do the brushing outside to prevent stray hair from escaping and landing on your furniture. Use the proper tools for your breed of cat or dog to brush him effectively. Vacuum at least a couple of times a week with a cleaner designed for pets.
Invest in lint rollers not only for your clothes, but also for your furniture and upholstery. Supplement your pet’s diet with NuVet Plus to help control shedding. NuVet Plus reviews feature many instances of problem shedders benefiting from the supplement.
Address the Mess
The key to preventing lasting odors is prompt and proper cleaning:
Always have pet-specific odor neutralizers handy, like NuVet Labs’ Organic Stain and Odor Remover. Clean accidents as soon as you spot them – this will help prevent them from seeping into the floors. Empty litter boxes often to avoid lingering odors.
Wipe Your Paws
Paw prints are cute on greeting cards and bumper stickers, but you want to avoid them on your floors and furniture:
Keep a paw-friendly mat in front of any doors your pet goes outside through.
Gently wipe his paws with a towel or pet wipes as soon as he comes inside.
Put your cat’s litter box in a far corner so he’s walked off most of his dusty paws before he returns to the rest of the house.
If your pet has incontinence, many NuVet reviews document success with the supplement in fighting weak bladders.