Author, Darlene Wagner Butler, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
Does your home look like a scene from an old western, with tiny “tumbleweeds” made of pet hair rolling around on your floor? Does it seem like you vacuum up more hair from the floor that what is on your pet? It’s a fact of a pet’s life… most do shed, but with these shed-busting tips, you may have to clean up considerably less.
Running a brush through your pet’s hair several times a day, especially when he’s shedding up a storm, allows you to collect the hair and dispose of it in a baggy, rather than collecting it off the floor, sofa, bed, shelves… Visit your local pet supply store and pick up anything from a bristle brush (which vary according to the spacing between and the length of the bristles) to a slicker brush (a brush with fine wire bristles that reach into your pet’s undercoat to remove loose hair). If your furry friend is a feline, you may even consider an arch groomer that allows your cat to self-groom.
Whatever your brush of choice, use it gently, slowly and often! Brushing should be a pleasant experience for your pet, and a good bonding experience for you both. And the fact that it helps reduce your fur factory’s shedding is a definite plus!
Maintain your pet’s cleanliness by bathing him once or twice each month. Gently massaging the shampoo into his hair will encourage better blood circulation which, in turn, helps improve the health of his skin and hair. It probably goes without saying this remedy is not meant for cats – unless you have a rare specimen who actually likes getting wet. Cats are self-cleaners, using their barbed tongue, forepaws and teeth to keep up their personal hygiene.
I know…these tips are meant to reduce your time vacuuming your floors. And this tip will, in the long run, if you use your vacuum on your pet instead! While some pets run the mere sight of that noisy monstrosity, others actually enjoy the experience of having the nozzle rub across his coat. Many manufacturers even make pet-friendly vacuum cleaner attachments – check your local pet supply store.
Maintain good health.
The absence of a healthy diet can contribute to excessive shedding in your pet, as can stress and a variety of skin conditions. If you’ve tried some of the suggestions above and remain concerned about your pet’s shedding, schedule a visit with your vet, who can test for deficiencies and possible medical conditions.
Shedding is a burden most pet parents endure. But with a little extra effort and time, it is possible to reduce the amount of hair sticking to everything but your pet. Or, you can simply adopt the adage that “pet hair is my glitter” and leave it at that!
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