Top Cat Lover Tips For Keeping Home Hygienic

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Living with cats has it’s many advantages. We love sharing our homes with our much loved feline friends, but when it comes to sharing our homes with one or multiple cats, keeping our homes hygienic is definitely one of the biggest downsides. So with that in mind, here are our top tips for keeping your home pristine and clean whilst keeping your feline pets happy.

Keeping The Litter Clean

Keeping your cat litter clean is the obvious place to start as this can be the most unhygienic part of owning cats. Making sure you are constantly cleaning out your cat litter, on a daily basis, will ensure that your home isn’t housing any nasty germs. You will also want to invest in a good litter mat to make sure that your cat is not constantly moving around the litter when he needs to go to the toilet. This can really cause germs to spread, so a good litter mat will ensure the litter tray stays in place.

You may also want to invest in a couple of plug in air fresheners around the cat litter area to keep the area smelling fresh and clean. As cats are naturally very hygienic animals, keeping your litter tray clean not only keeps your home clean but will also keep your cat happy too.

Reduce Carpets

Carpets are a cat lover’s worst enemy as they can be incredibly difficult to clean with all the malting fur from your cat and they can also become very smelly over time too. Therefore wooden and tiled floors are a much better surface for people who love cats but who also want their homes to stay neat, tidy and smelling fresh.

Create A Dedicated Cat Area

Creating a dedicated cat area for your feline pets is a great way to try and contain most of your cat’s activity to just one main area in your home. This way, rather than your cats prowling, restlessly around your home, they will have one specific area when they can go when they want to play or rest. Filling an area with stimulating games and soft textures, for when they want some alone time, is a really good way to create an area that your cats can naturally gravitate towards. As cats love looking outside, try and create an area close to a window where your cat can while away the hours gazing out into the great outdoors, from his safe area.

Vacuum & Dust Once A Week

It’s inevitable that with cats in the house, you are going to accrue a lot of dust and dirt so staying on top of your vacuuming and dusting is essential. You will want to make sure that you are tackling the extra dirt and fur, that cats create, by setting aside some time, every week, that you can thoroughly clean your home. It is also recommendable to be using an enzyme based pet odour neutralizer in all the areas of your home that your cat likes to spend time in.

Which Pets Best

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If you have decided to get a pet, for companionship, for the kids, or just because you’d like to have one, then there are certain things you need to consider otherwise you could end up with the wrong pet for you and your circumstances. Don’t jump into anything just because you feel something at the local pet store looks cute.You might just bite off more than you can chew. Be considerate, because it isn’t just you that will be affected but the innocent animal too. These tips can help you make the appropriate decisions, you may have already considered some of them which is great but check the other ones over and just in case you have missed anything, they can jog your memory and help you think of things you may have forgotten.

In the first instance you need to realise that having a pet is more than just giving it food. They are like people. Things go wrong, they need to be checked up on by professionals and you may need certain medications that cost money. Dogs are a prime example, they will likely need Advecta II for Dogs, as well as a whole glut of vaccinations and yearly check ups. Do you have the finances to check for this? Cats are the same. Needing vaccinations and checkups to ensure they stay healthy. Bear in mind these considerations before you commit to owning an animal.

You also need to check out your accommodation and whether it is right for the animals you want to keep there. For example, an apartment is likely not good for a cat. They like to be able to go out and range the local area on their own. They can’t do this from a few floors up. The space also provides problems for the bigger dogs. If you own a husky or German shepherd then it is going to be hard to find space for them in an apartment. Consider a smaller dog instead and ensure there is enough room for a bed or something similar for them to have their own space.

The most important thing to consider is whether you have the time to dedicate to the animal. If you are really busy all the time then a cat may be the right answer as they tend to need less company than dogs. Even so, they need some. So you could think about getting something else entirely like a lizard or snake, something small and easy to care for. A dog is a big no because some need two walks a day. If you don’t have the time to do this they will grow restless and irritable, and it will be your own fault. Be considerate and chose an animal that you can care for properly. It can be easier if your partner is willing to help, or your have kids who want a specific pet and can help with the walking of the dogs or sharing of affection. It can be easy to buy an animal without thinking, but remember the old saying, pets are for life not for christmas.

A Quick Guide To Choosing Your First Family Pet

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One of the most wonderful things you can do for your child is to give them a pet to care for. Learning responsibility and empathy for living creatures is an essential life skill they need. Sadly, vets and animal care professionals continue to be called upon to intervene in neglect cases. Many of these animals are pets that the owners simply couldn’t manage. There are many reasons for this. It’s not always about cruelty.

So how can you be sure your family doesn’t take on too much when it comes to taking on a pet? Start by considering your budget. All pets cost money to care for. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy pet ownership with a small income. But it may mean you need to choose an animal that won’t break the bank in veterinary, food, or care costs.

The next thing you need to consider is your accommodation. If you want to own a horse, do you live close enough to the stables for an emergency or to regularly tend to them? If you live in a small apartment, do you really want a juvenile Alsatian? Even if you have a large house and a good sized garden, you might prefer a pet that doesn’t run around a lot.

Allergies and lifestyle choices will also have some bearing on the suitability of different pets. Dogs must be walked twice a day. Cats can be quite active at night. Lizards aren’t keen on the cold, and tortoises might choose to hibernate.

Pets also need a lot of accessories. It’s not just food bowls and collars you need to worry about. You might need extra bedding or things like a horse fleece rug to ensure they are comfortable if it gets cold. There are also accessories to curb unwanted behaviour. For example, a bell on a cat collar can reduce their chance of catching unsuspecting wildlife. Chew toys for dogs will give your pup an alternative to your favourite shoes.

You might be considering a particular breed of cat, dog or pony. However, please bear in mind that there are thousands of rescued and homeless animals out there. They could offer you just as much love as a pedigree breed. Charitable organisations are not funded by the Government. Maybe you could consider purchasing your pet accessories from their fund-raising stores? Why not offer a donation of pet food from time to time?

One of the most important considerations for your first family pet is the age and future size of your human family. While it is very rare for any pet to deliberately harm a baby, it is important you never leave your pet unsupervised around small children. Equally, your toddler may not fully understand that the cat’s tail is attached and painful when pulled. Managing their interactions can reduce the risk of unwanted behaviour. Don’t forget to keep pet food and medicines out of sight of children (and vice versa!)

Pet ownership is wonderfully rewarding. With a few careful considerations and a little planning, you can enjoy a lifetime with your new family pet.