Summer time and the living’s easy – right? For many pet owners, changes in season mean a noticeable increase in pet hair.
Instead of dreading the extra shedding, we’ve got some easy tips for you to enjoy your pet’s love and company without all the clumps of hair around your home.
Caring For Your Pet
- Groom Your Pet Regularly
Many pet owners believe that it’s only long hair dogs and cats that need regular grooming, mostly to address the tendency of fur matting and clumping. The truth is, even short hair pets benefit from a regular brush or comb through.
This action not only keeps their coat healthy, it also gets rid of excess hair. You may use a brush or a gentle, finely-toothed comb to get to the root of a pet’s coat and remove extra fur. Many pet owners choose to use gloves with bristles right on them to make their pet feel comfortable, especially if it is easily scared or suspicious of new objects.
Another great way to keep your pet’s shed-quota down to a minimum is to consider regular professional grooming and even possibly shaving them for the summer months. This is a great idea if your pet is an outdoor cat who likes to roam or a big dog who loves to be outdoors. Getting rid of a luxurious but heavy coat in the summer can help your pet stay cool while your home will stay relatively fur-free.
- Train Them Firmly
While this tip doesn’t necessarily reduce pet hair all over, training your pets is still an important to establish boundaries and keep key places of your home fur-free.
You can use a combination of treats as a reward, light water sprays or sprays on the furniture itself to dissuade pets from coming up on them or using the surfaces as grooming posts.
It might be tempting to have your pet cuddle with you in bed but keep these boundaries firm and consistent. Your pet will definitely learn where he or she is allowed over time.
- Go To The Root Cause
They say that the key to a pet’s shiny coat is through diet – and they’re absolutely right. However, you can adjust a pet’s diet to address extra shedding as well. Encouraging a healthy coat through an organic diet that is free of by-products and fillers can do more damage to a pet than simply affect their fur.
If the excess shedding is a cause for concern or you see your pet itching themselves more than normal for their fur length, see scratches or bites on their skin, it may be a medical issue. This is something you can treat through medication, either digestible or through sprays for their fur.
Caring For Your Home
Keeping bedding and sheets free of pet hair is a tough thing to do but, with a little bit of persistence and some elbow grease, it’s absolutely doable. For pillows, blankets and bedding, use a dryer sheet to remove excess dog hair. Use the sheet like you would a dry duster, running it on the bedding. Added perk: your bedding will always smell laundry fresh!
- Couches and Living Rooms
For couches, use a damp rubber glove and run your hand over the surface of the upholstery. Wash out the glove and run it again until all fur has been eliminated. You can also use some throws to put over the couch as these can be easily washed intermittently.
Meanwhile, to keep your floors clean, you can use a premium device such as a quality vacuum cleaner made for your type of flooring. For hardwood floors, a dust mop is good, in combination with the vacuum, while a damp mop (not wet!) is best for tiled floors.
- Carpeting 101
Last, but certainly not the least, is carpeting. Carpeted floors and areas require consistent vacuuming. But owners may find that this doesn’t give them the kind of spotless clean they’d like. So ,a good trick is to spray the carpet, working in sections, with a light mist of water. Take a damp sponge and gently mop this area. This will clump and easily gather the hair so you can vacuum with more precision and effectiveness.