If you’ve decided to adopt a cat or dog and it’s your first time, you might be a little nervous about some hygienic issues. But relax, with a few basics your home will still be as hygienic as before.
Your health will not be at risk, and your pet will stay healthy. To assist you we’ve looked at what dog and cat experts had to say about keeping pets hygienic.
We also searched for tips on how to keep your home hygienic with pets in the house. After all that research, we gathered up the juicy and essential bits, and up next we’re going to tell you about them.
Keep Your House Hygienic
Let’s start with tips on how to keep your home environment hygienic. For the fur and hair shedding you will have to vacuum regularly.
Between the vacuum sessions, you can remove fur and hair from fabric by putting on a dish glove, wet the palm surface slightly and move your hand over the fabric.
Litter pans for cats can have a bad odor very quickly. So keep the pans clean and you will never have a cat’s urine smell in your house.
General Tips Valid for Dogs and Cats
There are several automated feeders and water bowls on the market. By using these your pet always has food and water available and the feeder also limits overeating.
For your pet’s health sake and to protect your house from bad smells clean its bed regularly.
It is very important to keep the routine vaccinations up-to-date for your dog and your cat. Prevention is better than a cure!
Tips Regarding Dogs
Take your dog regularly for professional grooming and maintain your pet’s hygiene between grooming sessions.
Regular Washing and Brushing
Wash your dog at least every two weeks in an outside tub. If it is a very large dog spray him clean with your garden hose.
In between the washing sessions, your pet’s coat has to be brushed at least every other day. This will prevent matting, and control shedding.
As soon as you notice dirt on its coat remove it with a damp towel. Check for ticks regularly and remove when found.
Head and Paw Hygiene
If your dog has the characteristic that hair covers the eyes, trim the hair regularly to prevent eye infection. To prevent ear infections wipe the inside of your pet’s ears at least once a week with a moist cloth.
For healthy teeth wrap gauze around your finger and wipe your dog’s teeth several times a week.
Your dog’s paws can easily be hurt by small rocks, thorns and other debris embedded in them. To keep its paws healthy, regularly remove everything irritating them.
Keep your dog’s nails trimmed so they don’t get caught on something that can result in an injury. Doggy care is as important as personal care or yourself so you can all live in a clean house.
Tips Regarding Cats
Generally speaking, cats practice good personal hygiene and keep themselves clean. They also keep their living space litter-free if trained.
Although cats don’t like water, they have to bathe occasionally. This is necessary to remove dirt hidden in their fur and to treat fleas.
To make the bathing process less of a struggle put a non-skid mat in the bath to stop the cat from slipping. Always ensure that you follow the directions given on the shampoo or anti-flea product you use.
Most cats enjoy being groomed. They have an instinct to keep themselves and other cats clean by licking themselves and each other.
Your cat will love its regular brushing sessions when you remove dust, debris and dead fur that would otherwise end up on your clothes or furniture.
Keep your cat’s teeth healthy using a special cat toothbrush. Start from a young age and they will quickly get used to it. To avoid tartar build-up it is recommended to use anti-tartar dry food.
Even though your dog or cat will shed fur and hair and will have little “accidents” when still “potty-training” we hope our tips have assured you that you’re able to keep both your house and your pet hygienic.
Happy fluffball parenting!