Can you still remember the first time you locked eyes with your pet?
I’m sure it felt warm and magical. After all, pets are the embodiment of pure fluff and admiration. Not until their hairs take over the house.
After just a month of living with your furry pet, strands of hair become a common sight—in your morning coffee, your favourite blanket, and every corner of the house. Apart from these hairs’ unsightly presence, sometimes they also trigger allergic reactions. Sigh.
Why do pets shed so much?
Right? Well, just like humans, pets also experience natural processes that keep them in good shape. One of which is shedding. They constantly shed to get rid of damaged hair and start growing new and healthy ones.
If it’s natural, what can we do about it, then? We love our pets so much, but the heaps of hair can be really frustrating. Sometimes they even get us in trouble with our landlord.
Whether you’re renting an apartment with a pet or living in a house you own, make sure to use these top five tips to reduce pet hair at home and enjoy a stress-free and clean living environment.
1. Regular coat brushing
The logic behind this is prevention. Before your pet’s loose and dead hair spreads all over the house, collect and control it by brushing your pet using a quality brush. This can be done daily or every three days.
Apart from reducing hair scattering at home, regular brushing also promotes the healthy growth of your buddy’s coat by stimulating their hair follicles.
2. Cover up!
Another preventive measure is to cover your surfaces at home with a throw or a sheet. With this, you can collect the hair in bulk instead of reaching hair pushed into the furniture or stuck in the carpets every time.
3. Remove pet hair immediately
Freshly shedden hair is easier to remove. Hence, it’s important that you constantly vacuum, daily if possible, the place to prevent the build up of old furs.
If you don’t have a vacuum at home, you can also use the following tools to effectively and quickly remove pet hair from surfaces.
Rubber Gloves: The friction between the gloves and the upholstery creates static energy that readily attracts the pet hair. Simply rub the gloves in a single direction and observe how most of the hair is picked up.
Another option for this tool is to slightly wet the gloves with water. The hair will ideally stick to the now wet gloves after swiping the surface.
Sponge: Just like the rubber gloves, a slightly dampened sponge is effective in attracting balls of hair.
Lint rollers: lint rollers are often used to remove pet hair from clothes. But these are just as effective for upholsteries.
Pet danders usually have sizes ranging from 2.5 to 10 microns. Given that, using HEPA filters to purify the air from pet hair is a good choice.
5. Take your pet to the vet
Have you done everything you could, but the shedding is still excessive?
If that’s the case, it’s time to consult the experts if your pet is shedding at a normal rate. In some cases, excessive shedding is due to the presence of fleas on your pet’s coat that results in skin irritations.
Hence, if you notice them scratching non-stop and hair continues to build up, make sure to set an appointment with your vet.
Shedding will always be part of our pets’ lives. But even with this, we still love them just as much. Hence, we eventually learn to embrace even this messy side of having them.
But, acceptance doesn’t have to be such a struggle. Follow these tips, and you’re sure to enjoy quality time with your pet without worrying so much about the hair they shed.