We all know people who own a couple dogs or a few cats whose house reflects that. Either their house is covered in pet hair, or there is a strong pet odor right when you enter their home.
So, is it possible to share a house with your pet(s) and still be able to maintain a clean and tidy home? Fortunately, if you lay down a few ground rules, it shouldn’t take too much extra work. Although it would be nice to get your pet to follow along with house rules, these rules aren’t for your pet, these rules are for you:
Decide what parts of the house you’re willing to share with your pet and be consistent about it.
While most of us consider our pets apart of the family, don’t allow your pet to sleep in your bed.
Groom your pet regularly to avoid dog or cat hair all over your furniture.
Give your pet the attention it needs. Take it out for a walk or to the park. A bored pet is likely to tear into things or chew things up.
Feeding Your Pets
Try to find a place in your home where you won’t mind if your dog knocks over the water dish or if catnip is spilt on the floor. Consider an outer room like your garage or a utility area. Most utility areas have sinks where you can clean out dishes, you can also store your animal’s food in this room.
Keep food and water dishes in a plastic container or tray to protect your floor from spills. Wash the tray or container every week with hot water and bleach. Avoid feeding your animals on carpet floors.
It’s important to get in the habit of cleaning out your animal’s dishes right after they are done eating. Teach your animal to eat right when you put their food out so you can clean the dish immediately after. If you have to work all day, leave a water bowl out for your pet.
Battling Animal Fur
A shedding dog or cat can be one of the biggest hassles about owning a pet. A good vacuum is a necessity when you have an indoor pet. Use the upholstery tool on your vacuum to get hair off furniture. For chairs, beds, and blankets, use a wet rubber glove to gather pet hair. If anyone in your home has bad allergies, groom your pet outdoors to keep dust particles and hair out of the house. If you have a pet that tends to shed a lot, make sure you change your vents regularly to keep pet hair and particles out of the air.
Bedding For Your Pet
While flannel bedding may look nice, it accumulates pet hair and can be a pain to clean. A wicker bed is a better choice because you can easily wash down the basket. Whatever bedding you choose for your pet, make sure you clean it once a week. If you don’t clean your pet’s bedding, it can become a home for fleas and mites.
No matter how easy to clean your home is, when you own a pet, it will take a daily and weekly effort to keep your home clean. The key is to prevent as much mess as possible and your home will be both clean and pet-friendly.
Trisha Banks is a blogger for Steamer's Carpet Care in San Antonio, Texas. Trisha just bought a cat and wanted to learn ways to keep her home fresh and clean while still keeping it pet-friendly.