Pets are fast becoming the part of modern families. Animal loving people love keeping pets in their home for miscellaneous reasons of their own. I being one of the pet owner knows the pros and cons of keeping one at your home. Pets indeed are your best friends and when I say cons of keeping pets I don’t intend to hurt anyone’s feelings, I just am talking about the cleanliness of the home that definitely gets hit if you have animals in your home.
‘Marley and Me’ amongst others is one of the best movie based on dog owners that depicts every feeling, emotion, struggles, enjoyment and everything one undergoes. Yes, I agree some dogs are impossible to train but they are not bad!
Yes, with pets at home one worries about cleanliness and hygiene, isn’t it? However, if certain set of rules are implied and followed, it’s not that difficult as it sounds to be. Lay down some ground rules and share your home with an animal easily without having to do much of work.
Well, you might not be able to train your animal to follow the rules you make but the rules are for you, not your pet!
1. Areas Restricted for Your Pet
The very first step I would suggest is know which part of the house your pet can use and which would be the restricted one!
Bring a nice bed for your pet and restrict your pet to its own bed and don’t even for short time or once allow him to be in your bed. The bed of your pet may not be visually appealing but should be easy to handle and clean. If not that cleaned regularly, it might lead to bring in mites, ticks. Regularly clean the bedding area of your pet and spray disinfectants.
3. Regular Grooming
Grooming is important for pets too. Give them shower on regular basis, brush their hair. Now a days, there are grooming parlours for pets where if you can afford, you can send and get the grooming done, incase you are undergoing time crunch.
4. Vets Visits/Medicines
Give regular injections and medicines (prescribed by the doctor) or regular visit to the vet plays a major role in keep pest, ticks away ensuring good health of your pet, your family and cleanliness/hygiene of the house.
5. Feeding your Pet
Feeding your pets is one important part of how you can keep your house clean. Firstly, avoid feeding your pet within the house, near bed, on carpets and likewise. If you have an outer room or some space that you can use as the area to feed your pet with sink to wash the dishes, spoons, knife and other utensils, it’s a wise idea to use that area. Store your pet’s food unreachable for it, Wash their dishes separately and not where your dishes are cleaned. Using a large tray beneath the food and water bowl of your pet is a wise idea (incase it spills out).
6. Pet Hair
You have to agree with me on the fact that the fur/hair of your pet is one thing that you can’t easily get rid of from the carpet, floor, corner, furniture and other areas. If there is someone who is asthmatic or prone to allergies, your vacuum cleaner will ensure that the microscopic allergens are sucked up and the house is clean. While on housecleaning session, go about lifting the furniture or moving it from the place to remove your pet hair/fur from behind.
Clothes and home furnishings should be taken good care of. Hair of your pet sticks to clothes and other home furnishings like curtain, bedsheets and other things.
As mentioned above, grooming of pets is important to minimize airborne skin particles that lead to allergies.
7. Exercise Routine and Spending Quality Time
Ensure you take out exercise time for your pet and spend quality time together. When your dog gets bored, it will get him to scratching and chewing various things at home.
8. No Shit Inside
One of my friends from the very beginning made it a habit of taking his pet out let it freshen up and pee. It was bit bugging initially but the time spend and hassle faced that time proved fruitful in the long run as in now his pet doesn’t at any cost pee or shit inside the home and sits at the door asking to be taken out if it feels the pressure. Sounds good huh!
9. Use Air Purifiers
There are many air purifiers made especially for pet owners. These purifiers help in trapping pet hair and bad odors from your home. With these you can reduce allergens and remove that stinky dog smell.
10. Remove Bad Odour/Stains
It is of vital important to clean and deodorise stool or urine stains incase your pet does it inside. Eventually such stains fade away but the germs remain and that cause health issues. There are lot many of them available in the market but if you wish to use home-made ones you can do so. You can make the following mixtures and use the same to remove the bad odor or stains from your home.
- With homemade products like vinegar and baking soda spray can help you remove almost every type of stain from any surface. The blend of white vinegar in water with four spoons of baking soda can help you prepare a solution and keep it in a spray bottle and clean.
- If you see a some sort of stain, cover it with a cloth and sprinkle a baking powder over it, mix half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and one tablespoon of dish-washing liquid and pour it over the cloth. You can leave this for 15 to 20 minutes, scrub the stain slowly and later with vacuum cleaner remove the stain completely.
- Take seven tablespoons of brown sugar in one and a half cups of lemon and orange peels with one litre water. Fill this mixture in a clear container to clean the floor.
To sum up, pets are human beings’ best friends and if you own one or wish to do so all you got to be sure is to make some simple rules and follow the same. Train your pet in a way that will cut down on your work load. Pets are as difficult to handle as children. Despite all the rules and restrictions you imply sometimes you can let go off things and enjoy the little moments that are the memories you are creating for your future. Enjoy with your pets, spend quality time with them and when needed you can any day turn strict!