How to Deal with Excessive Pet Fur
Guest Author: Dixie Somers
Most dogs and cats that live in the home shed regularly. No matter how much you try, you may be dismayed to find that there are balls of fur rolling across the floor minutes after you have vacuumed and strands of hair attached to your clothing immediately after lint rolling your pants. While there is no way to rid one’s home, car and clothing of pet fur entirely, here are some options for keeping the shedding under control.
Keeping Furniture Fur-Free
If you allow your pets on your upholstered furniture, you may find that it is too full of fur to sit on any longer. To keep upholstery fur-free, many owners have found great success vacuuming the furniture regularly or using sticky lint rollers for spot-cleaning. Also, a slightly damp sponge or microfiber cloth will help ball up the fur.
Protecting the Car
The best option to keep hair off car seats when transporting a pet is to cover the backseat in a specially designed slipcover or an old blanket. Cats are best transported in carriers, eliminating the problem altogether.
Dealing with Clogged Drains
If you give your dog or cat a bath in your home tub, you may find that the large amounts of fur quickly clog the drain. You could decrease the amount of fur going down the drain by installing a mesh hair trap to collect the fur. However, if the clog is already in place, consider a chemical clog remover meant specifically for hair, such as Liquid-Plumr. If the clog is serious, consider contacting a plumber to fish the clog out with a plumbing snake instead.
Keeping Dust Bunnies under Control
If you are replacing your flooring in your home, consider either tile or hardwood floors, which provide the easiest surfaces for sweeping or wet-mopping. If you simply must have carpet, try choosing a color that matches your pet’s fur, eliminating the unsightly hair buildup when you do not have time to vacuum every day.
Practice Good Grooming
Of course, the best tip for reducing excessive shedding is to stop it in its tracks. Grooming, which should include daily brushing for most breeds of cats and dogs, is vital for removing loose fur and improving the coat’s vitality. You may find the best success by using a brush that is shaped like a glove for your dog or cat to feel as if they are getting petted rather than brushed.
While shedding is a normal part of owning a dog or cat, you do not have to spend your life ruled by constant fur flying about your house. Instead, start with daily grooming and see how the shedding decreases over time.
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GUEST AUTHOR BIO: Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write about women’s interests and the home niches. She lives in Arizona with her husband, three beautiful daughters and a spunky Jack Russell Terrier who makes life interesting.
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