More likely than not at this time of year, you will have a black pet dog shedding over a (formerly) cream carpet or perhaps a long-haired white cat who loves to kip on your charcoal three-piece suite. But what can be done about it?
Dog, cat and small pet hairs around the house are a fact of life for pet owners but the daily chore of cleaning up after a shedding pet can be a real nuisance for the person on vacuuming duty, especially at this time of year. Read on for some simple ways to minimise the amount of hair that will end up on your carpet, bed, bathroom floor, sofa, clothes, dinner …
Grooming – Better out than in!
Unless you own one of the unusual hairless breeds of cat or dog, your pet will normally shed twice a year; in the autumn and the spring (or perhaps just once for 365 days!) The hair is going to fall out naturally but you can control where most if it ends up if you take a couple of minutes to groom your pet every day. Just make sure you do this outside or on a tile floor where the hair will be easy to sweep up! You can use regular grooming brushes but for maximum effectiveness, try using a FURminator – a specially designed grooming brush which is proven to reduce shedding by up to 90%!
Supplements to reduce shedding
Although you cannot prevent shedding completely, some dietary supplements do offer a way to help reduce the amount of hair that falls out. Velcote for cats, dogs and horses contains fatty acids which are vital for pets to maintain healthy unbroken skin and thick, shiny, well rooted fur.
Gimborn Fell-Kur Kuller is a supplement designed especially for rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets. These tablets will keep your small pet’s coat looking healthy and shiny and also accelerate the shedding season.
Cleaning up after your pet
You’ll need the right tools for the job when it comes to cleaning up pet hair and a good quality vacuum cleaner is a must! Special rubber brushes like the Hunter Ladybird Upholstery Brush are also useful to have around the house – the static charge they create is a great way to lift up stubborn fine pet hairs from sofas, pet beds or cushions. Or you could use a Lint Brush which has special fibres designed to catch pet hair and lift it up off fabric surfaces.
If all else fails, a large pet blanket or throw will help keep furniture free of hair and can be thrown in the washing machine when it gets dirty.
Let us know if you have any more tips on how to reduce pet hair around the home!
And just for a giggle here’s a ‘lolcat’ to cheer you up… Pet Hair Problem >>