Most parents know the pain of having their children begging for a pet, even if you already have one. But you can be understandably reluctant to give in and let them have their wish. Apart from the fear that you will be left doing all the work to care for the animal, a lot of them aren't the cleanest creatures. Sure, they might not be tracking mud into the house all the time, but even house cats will leave fur everywhere. So how do you keep your house clean when you have cats or dogs? Luckily, it doesn't take much more work than normal.
Fur is one of the main worries when it comes to cats and dogs. Some of them can leave hair everywhere, especially if they're shedding a winter coat. One solution to this is to vacuum regularly with a quality hoover. You can find ones that are specially designed for hoovering up pet fur, which may help even further. It's also a good idea to have lint rollers on hand at all times, for removing hair from furniture and clothing. Alternatively, you can get a dog or cat that doesn't shed.
Keep the Pets Groomed
Keeping your cat or dog well-groomed is essential to having a clean and tidy house. Regular brushing will stop them from leaving so much hair everywhere. You can also take them to the groomers for a trim, so their coat isn't so long. If they get particularly dirty, a bath is acceptable on occasion. But you shouldn't bathe your cat or dog too often, as it could be bad for their skin and coat. It's also important to ward off parasites, such as fleas. You can buy preventative treatments from www.petfleas.co.uk and similar sites, as well as asking your vet.
Tidy Feeding Areas
Dogs and cats aren't known for their tidy eating. Some like to drop their food on the floor before they eat it, some play with it and some slobber all over the place. Firstly, it's a good idea to feed them on a hard floor that you can wipe, not on carpets or rugs. You can also put a mat down, where you can place their food and water bowls.
Whether your cat's an indoor or outdoor cat, you're likely to have a litter tray in the house. No one likes the thought of them, but they're better than finding cat wee hidden in a corner. There are some things you can do to make them more hygienic and reduce the smell. Firstly, buy a hooded or enclosed tray. You cat may be reluctant to use it at first, but they have charcoal filters to help with the odour. You should also experiment with litter and deodorisers to find the right one for your cat. To stop them tracking litter all over the house, place litter tray mats by the door.
Another tip for a tidy house is always to have a towel by the door, so you can dry your cat or dog when they come inside. It's easy to keep your pet-friendly home clean with a bit of forethought.
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