Tip 1: Brush pets daily or weekly. I brush my cats weekly because they are short-haired cats and less maintenance than some other breeds. Another important piece to this trick is to brush your pets before you do house cleaning. This is so that you don't brush your pets in a clean and freshly dusted house only to get pet hair clinging to every nook and cranny!
Tip 2: Use a good quality brush. I use the FURminator. This is an amazing invention. Basically what it does is pull out the loose undercoat of your pet's fur and reduces shedding dramatically.
Here, Basil shows how well the the FURminator works:
Gross, huh? What I do after "FURminating" my cats is smooth out their fur with a flea comb to get any of the loose hairs off.
Tip 3: Lint roll, lint roll, lint roll. I keep a lint roller in the entry way so I don't have any pet hair clinging to me as I walk out the door. Lint rollers are also great for removing loose hair on furniture, beds, curtains, and pillows in between house cleanings. If the hair is really embedded, move to Tip 4.
Tip 4: Use a small Shop-Vac to suck up pet hair. After months of hopelessly using a lint roller on my furniture, I decided to get something stronger. So I purchased a Shop-Vac and use it on my furniture, pet bedding, around the cat litter box, and along base boards. It works pretty well in sucking up nasty pet hair that I wouldn't be able to get with a regular vacuum or lint roller.
Tip 5: Vacuum with baking soda. Baking soda will help to eliminate odors and loosen up pet hair in the carpet before you vacuum. I use the Arm and Hammer Carpet and Room powder. I sprinkle it all over the carpet, paying attention to where the cats spend most of their time. I leave it on for about 15 minutes then vacuum it all up. Your place will smell amazing! Just make sure to follow the directions carefully so you don't harm pets or kiddos.
Tip 6: Brush your pet's teeth. It keeps your pets healthy and have fresh breath. I try and brush my cats' teeth once a week and their teeth are extremely white and healthy looking. Basil and Lilly love their toothpaste because it has a chicken flavor made especially for cats.
Tip 7: Lastly, I lint roll and/or vacuum cat toys and their scratcher regularly because even those get pretty hairy and dirty. If the toy is plastic, I usually just wash it in the sink. Doing this will help to reduce the number of areas where pet hair is likely to collect and stick to.
There you have it! My tips for an "almost" fur-free house with fresh-breath pets! I would love to know your tricks to removing stubborn pet hair or any pet care tips for that matter!
Disclaimer: These tips have worked for me and are not considered professional advice. Please use your best judgement in regards to you and your pet's needs if you decide to try any of my tips.
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