Get to know your pet’s hair and own it
Before embarking on a mission to keep your home clean, you need to get to know your pet’s hair. It will be easier to plan a cleaning schedule once you have a better understanding of how much your pet(s) sheds, as some breeds shed more than others, especially during seasonal changes, such as the transition to winter.
A healthy pet will often have reduced shedding during the summer months. If your pet sheds frequently or excessively, or if its coat appears dull, this could indicate that your dog or cat is ill or unwell and requires veterinary care. It's also a good idea to take a closer look at your pets’ diet and lifestyle and even get multi-pet insurance for better peace of mind, especially if you have senior pets with pre-existing conditions.
Get a decent vacuum cleaner
If you have multiple pets, the chances are that pet hairs are lying all around the house. It's often a good idea to invest in a vacuum cleaner for cleaning furs to keep things clean and under control. While you can certainly get by with a cheap vacuum cleaner, a decent one can be worth the investment. You can look for a lightweight vacuum cleaner that will also allow you to get into tight spaces. Automatic cord reels are another useful feature to have for making cleaning as efficient as possible. This will make your life a lot easier, especially if you have pets who naturally shed a lot.
Sweep and vacuum regularly
The advantage of regularly sweeping and vacuuming to remove pet hair is that it reduces the amount of hair that gets into the air, which can be one of the main causes of allergies. Vacuuming is often more effective than sweeping because it can collect more hair, preventing dust and fur from spreading throughout the house.
Regular vacuuming and sweeping also help keep the floors looking cleaner and fresher by removing dirt, dust, and other debris. It can also help reduce bacteria and germs in your home, which is especially important if you have pets or allergies. It can also help extend the life of your flooring by keeping dirt and grime from accumulating and damaging the surface.
Create a grooming routine for your pets
Everyone who owns a pet will tell you that creating a grooming routine is a must so you don’t end up with pet hair all over the house. A grooming routine should include brushing your pet’s fur, regular vacuuming to remove loose hair (and pet hair that has fallen to the floor), and washing your pet’s coat regularly.
You can brush your pet while they are lying down or standing up. When brushing your pet, start by gently brushing the sides, followed by the front, and finish at the back. While doing this, remember to remove any pet hair from the brush before carrying on. Additionally, it is a good idea to look for any indications that your pet may have ticks, fleas, skin lesions, infections, or other parasites.
Stay on top of brushing schedules
Brushing your pet is an essential part of keeping them clean and healthy, but it’s also important to stay on top of their brushing schedules. Pet hair can look downright unpleasant if you don’t keep it under control and can end up in your food, especially if it is not cleaned and kept under control. Regular brushing and vacuuming will help to remove pet hair from your floors, walls, and furniture, so it’s important to stay on top of your pet’s brushing schedule, even if it's once a week. If you have pets that naturally shed a lot, you may need to brush your pet and vacuum your home more often to keep pet hair under control.
Don’t despair if your pet refuses to cooperate
If you have multiple pets, you can expect at least one of them to make grooming more challenging than it needs to be. To get your pet to cooperate while being groomed, try these suggestions:
● Start with small steps. Take your time and make your pet comfortable before grooming.
● Introduce the grooming procedure gradually, give them time to get used to the tools, and stick to the same routine and familiar surroundings.
● Make it a pleasant experience. Offer treats and verbal praise when your pet is cooperative.
● If your pet is getting too overwhelmed, provide them with a distraction such as a toy or a treat.
● Take breaks during the grooming process if your pet becomes too overwhelmed.
● Don’t punish your pet for not cooperating. This will only make them more anxious and stressed.
● Lastly, it may take some time for your pet to get used to the grooming process. Be patient and consistent with them to ensure that they become more comfortable with it.