Pets are part of the family and you couldn’t possibly live without them, but you could definitely live without the cat scratches on the couch and the mud trailed in with the dog. Fortunately there are a few preventative measures you can take before your white carpet turns resolutely brown and the upholstery really suffers.
Discouraging Cat Scratches
Cats, especially active cats, like to keep their claws nice and sharp by scratching rough surfaces. Unfortunately, those rough surfaces could end up being your furniture! There are two ways to tackle this problem: provide your cat with a scratching post and use citrus scented air freshener on your furniture. Scratching posts come in all shapes and sizes and will definitely fit somewhere in your house. If you have a creative spark you can easily make one to suit you and your cat. Using citrus spray will make your furniture smell bad to cats and discourage them from scratching.
Fending Off Fleas
Cats and dogs will occasionally catch fleas, especially if they spend lots of time playing outside. There are lots of methods for preventing fleas but once they are in the house, they can be a bit trickier to get rid of. Fortunately, there are pet-lock.com on the market for dealing with fleas inside, outside and on your pet as well! Regular brushing will help to keep the problem at bay and make sure you prevent your pets from going into bedrooms - no-one wants fleas in the bed!
Dealing with Mud Trails
Dogs love a good long walk whatever the weather, but sometimes that can cause problems by the time you’re home! Mucky pups don’t consider your carpet when they rush in and shake it off but luckily mud isn’t too difficult to deal with. Try keeping a dog towel by the door and train him to sit calmly while he is dried before releasing him to the rest of the house. If you don’t quite get there in time, resist the urge to clear mud up before it has dried as this could spread it even further. Once it is dry, you can use a brush to sweep it up without leaving any lasting marks on your carpet.
Eliminating Pet Odor
Pets have their own distinctive smells, but sometimes it’s just too much. Air fresheners can only do so much to disguise a wet dog or musty cat smell. A better way to neutralise the area is to do a good spring clean on your house. Throw open the windows to let some air in and give your surfaces a wipe down. You could also sprinkle baking soda onto your carpets to help get rid of the scent. Just vacuum it up again a few hours later.
Pets are a great source of calm, love and joy in our homes. And, now that these small problems have some simple solutions, they will be even more lovable than before!