Nothing can replace that feeling of joy when you come home after a long, stressful day at work and your fur babies are waiting for you, wagging their tails.
Being a pet parent is wonderful on many levels, as even relevant studies have found that cats and dogs positively affect our physical and mental health, and improve our overall well-being.
A study by American Health Association has shown that owning a pet, especially a dog, reduces your risk of heart disease, while a simple act of petting an animal can calm anxiety and relieve depression.
Besides leaving paw prints on our hearts, these adorable creatures do the same on our floors, carpets, and upholstery. Seasonal shedding leaves tumbleweeds of pet hair drifting through the house.
But don’t despair! It’s possible to have a pet and a clean house, and here are a couple of tricks to help you with that.
Clean their paws
To prevent mud and dirt being scattered all around the house, always prepare a towel and a container filled with room-temperature water before walking your dog or cat.
When you get back from the walk, wash your cat or dog’s paws and dry them off with the towel. This simple procedure will not only keep your house clean but also protect your pet's sensitive paws from the road salt during the winter.
Pet shoes and paw protectors are also a good idea since walking on pavements that are too hot or too cold can injure the pads on your pet’s feet.
As much as we love our fluffballs, that wet dog or cat smell is pretty nasty, and it tends to linger around the house all the time.
The first and most important thing is that you should bathe your pet and least twice a month.
Besides neutralizing odors, this practice will also remove all kinds of bacteria and germs from the coat.
Cats, famous for their meticulous cleaning habits, aren’t usually the sources of a foul smell themselves, but their litter boxes are. Make sure to scoop solid waste on a regular basis, while the litter should be changed and the box cleaned when you notice a peculiar odor.
To make sure that the air you breathe is always fresh and clean, get yourself an efficient HEPA air purifier as it eliminates bacteria, pet dander, pollen, dust, and odors from your house.
Save your upholstery
Dogs like to gnaw on your new sofa, while cats use it as their favorite scratching post, not to mention that your new armchair will soon be covered in pet hair.
You can start by training your dog to sleep on its bed, or if you don’t want to deprive yourself of fuzzy snuggles while you’re watching TV or reading on the above-mentioned sofa, you can place a blanket or a slipcover that will serve as protection against the hair.
Before putting it in the washing machine, simply shake it or use a wet microfiber cloth or sponge to get rid of the hair. Vacuuming your upholstery on a regular basis is a must.
Anti-chew and anti-scratch sprays can safely deter your beloved pets from destroying your furniture.
Of course, regular grooming can significantly reduce the amount of shed hair on your furniture and clothes, keep your pet’s coat healthy, and stimulate natural oil production that makes the fur shiny.
This is the first rule for a clean house.
Namely, whenever your cat or dog makes a mess, spills a glass of wine, leaves traces of litter on the floor, or breaks something, make sure to attend to the incident immediately and clean the crime scene using a towel, the vacuum cleaner, or a mild, pet-friendly detergent to remove stains and prevent odors. This is especially important if your pet has just thrown up or had a potty accident.
Pet parenthood is amazing and highly rewarding, but it requires a full commitment and it includes a lot of responsibilities. Keeping your house clean isn’t too complicated if you follow these simple steps.
Emma Lawson is a passionate writer, online article editor and a health enthusiast. In her spare time, she likes to do research, and write articles to create awareness regarding healthy lifestyle. She also strives to suggest innovative home remedies that can help you lead a quality and long life. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson