How to Handle Living with a Hairy Pet

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Pets are such wonderful members of our families and provide us with so many fun times. Whether you love dogs, cats, or chinchillas, raising an animal is such a worthwhile and enjoyable thing to do. Different types of pets come with their own unique charms, but also with their own challenges. When it comes to dogs and cats, one of the biggest issues can be shedding. Particularly, breeds with thick coats of fur can cause your home to become very messy, messy quickly when shedding season begins. While it won’t make you love your pet any less, it can certainly cause you some extra housework, which is never ideal. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions to dealing with the issue as long as you have the right equipment and grooming tricks. 

This article is an easy guide for how to handle living with a hairy pet.

Practice Regular and Thorough Grooming

The first thing you can do to control and reduce the amount of hair that ends up around your home is to groom your pet correctly. Certain breeds of cats and dogs require more grooming than others, but doing it regularly will ensure that you are collecting their hair on your brush rather than them shedding it on your carpets and upholstery. The ideal time to groom your pet is straight after they have had a bath as the warm water loosens up the follicles, which are when the hair falls out. Bathing and grooming your pet is also a really nice way to build a connection with them and spend some quality time together. There are various types of brush available depending on what kind of coat your pet has. 

Use Grooming Gloves

As well as brushes, grooming gloves are another effective way of removing loose hair from your pet’s coat after bath time. Simply pop the gloves on any time you are snuggled up with your pet, and you will be able to take care of the shedding as you stroke it. The result will be a lovely, clean coat and a very happy pet.

Invest in a Quality Vacuum Cleaner

Even with the most diligent grooming routine, some degree of shedding is inevitable. One of the most effective ways to deal with this hair is by using a vacuum cleaner to suck it up. The experts at explain that there are many models of vacuum, which are particularly good for cleaning up hair, which has made its way onto your carpets and sofa. The qualities which are most important when choosing the right vacuum for your pet’s hair are its level of suction, maneuverability, and price point. Pet hair can be very hard for vacuum cleaners to deal with and so you may need to switch from your regular vacuum cleaner for this tricky job. 

Wash Your Pet with Grooming Shampoo

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To control the amount of hair that requires vacuuming up, certain specialized grooming shampoos can reduce the amount of hair that your pet sheds. Regularly bathing your pet not only helps to reduce shedding, but it is also very important for your pet’s hygiene. There are many fleas, ticks, and other nasty things that absolutely love to live in the thick coat of a pet, and if they are left there can cause many various health problems and discomfort. Make sure to develop a regular bathing routine, and your pet will be clean and healthy.

Use a Lint Roller for a Quick Fix

As noted above, a quality vacuum cleaner is ideal for cleaning up all the excess hair that you find around your home. However, you don’t want to have to pull the vacuum out every two seconds to clear up a few errant strands. Lint rollers are perfect for giving your sofa or bed a quick once over when your pet has had a little nap and has left a few hairs behind. They are also excellent when you have been curling up with your pet and there are a lot of hairs on your clothes. Simply roll a lint roller over the surface, and all of the hair will stick to the paper. All you need to do then is rip the paper off and throw it in the trash.

We all love our pets unconditionally, but unfortunately, they can be really messy members of the family. If your pet is particularly hairy and tends to leave a lot of that hair around the house, it can be quite frustrating. Remember that regular grooming done correctly will reduce the amount of shedding and keep your pet healthy. After that, be sure to try out the tips and equipment explained in this guide.


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