Pets. They bring unbelievable joy into our lives but no one tells you how much fur comes into your life as part of that bargain. Fur on every surface they so much as lay on. For many pet owners, managing all this fur can be a daily struggle. Whether you have a cat or dog, pet hair can quickly accumulate on your floors, furniture, and clothing, making your home appear untidy and even triggering allergies for some people. The good news is there are ways to manage this fur. Here are some tips to help keep pet fur under control.
Brush your pets regularly
Grooming is a key way to control pet fur. Brushing your pet’s coat once or twice a day can distribute natural oils throughout their coat, promoting healthy hair growth and reducing shedding. For cats, regular brushing has the added benefit of preventing and/or reducing hairballs. A slicker brush or a metal comb can be used to gently remove loose fur and mats from your cat’s coat.
Use a lint roller or sticky tape
A lint roller is one of those must-have products for pet owners, not just for you but for any guests who happen to end up with cat fur on their bum because your cat was just sitting on that spot before they did. So bulk lint rollers is the name of the game especially if you have multiple pets or really hairy breeds. Using a lint roller or sticky tape is an easy and effective way to remove pet hair from clothing, furniture, and other surfaces. Simply run the lint roller or tape over the surface you want to clean to remove the pet hair. Sometimes this surface is your guest’s bum.
Vacuuming is an essential step in managing pet fur around the house. Vacuuming your floors, carpets, and furniture frequently can help manage pet hair and dander. For pet owners, it’s recommended to vacuum at least once a week, although you may need to vacuum more frequently if you have a particularly hairy pet or multiple pets or if anyone in your home has allergies. Be sure to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to capture the smallest particles of pet dander and other allergens. If you can afford it, you could consider getting a pet vacuum because they are designed specifically to pick up pet hair.
Use washable covers
Save yourself the hassle of ever deep cleaning your couch and furniture by getting couch covers. It’s a good idea to use covers on furniture and other surfaces that your pet frequently uses to keep them free of fur. You can also use washable throws or blankets that can be easily laundered. There’s no overstating the importance of couch covers for pet owners.
Bathe your pets
Regular baths can help keep your pets clean and reduce the amount of fur they shed. Just make sure you use pet-friendly shampoo and don’t do it too frequently because it can dry out their skin. For dogs, washing them every 3 months or as needed is the recommendation. For cats, bathing is not recommended. Brushing them before bathing for dogs is a good idea because it could help make the process easier.
Use air purifiers
Using air purifiers could be beneficial, especially for households that have people with allergies. Air purifiers can help reduce pet dander and other allergens in your home. When choosing an air purifier, look for one that has a HEPA filter and can cover the square footage of the room where your pet spends the most time.
Keep your pets off furniture
Training your pets to stay off furniture can reduce the amount of fur they shed on it. However, this can be a challenging task, especially if your pet is used to being on the furniture. One effective way to keep your pets off furniture is to provide them with their own comfortable bed or resting place. This can help redirect them to a place where it’s okay to lounge and nap.
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