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How to Manage Shedding Pets

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 12.05.22

How to Manage Shedding Pets

If you have a furry friend, you’ll be familiar with fur collecting on your floors, furniture, and clothes. Depending on the type of pets you have, they may shed more frequently during some seasons or year round. While there is nothing you can do to stop your pets from shedding, there are some steps you can incorporate into your cleaning routine to manage fur around your home.

1. Vacuum Regularly

The most important step to manage shedding around your home is to vacuum frequently and thoroughly. Be sure to use the appropriate vacuum head attachment depending on if you have hardwood floors, carpeting, rugs, or other surfaces. While your floors may not appear to have much pet hair, a quick vacuum will prove otherwise. Also check behind objects and in corners where hair can accumulate including staircase corners, behind furniture, and around tables.

2. Clean Pet Bedding Regularly

After your floors, switch vacuum attachments to something suitable for your pet’s bedding and vacuum the area. If you have cats that like to lounge on elevated areas such as cat trees or bookshelves, it’s a good idea to begin there before moving to your floors since their hair is prone to fall to your floors during cleaning. 

3. Brush Your Pets Regularly 

Be mindful of your pet’s coat. Some pets tend to shed more during the spring and fall, while others consistently shed throughout the year. To manage their shedding, it’s a good idea to brush them every other day with a tool made for their hair type. Brushing your pets can also help keep them healthy by removing matted fur and distributing natural oils in their coat. 

4. Lint Roll Clothes and Furniture

Every week, use a lint roller on upholstered furniture and pillows. This will help remove fine hair that may not be picked up by the vacuum. If you find that your clothes are covered with fur, you can also use a lint roller to avoid transferring more hair around your home. 

Keeping You and Your Pet Happy

Shedding is a normal part when having a pet, but keeping it under control will lead to a healthier pet and a happier you. Most fur can be managed during your typical cleaning habits but remember to check on your pet’s health if they begin to shed an usual amount. 

Topics: Air Quality, Home Health and Maintenance