Pets are great. They are cute, cuddly and can become a part of the family. There are even mental and physical perks to owning a pet. With that said, pet ownership does have its drawbacks, with one of the worst being pet odor.
Cages, litter boxes and stray fur can leave your house smelling like a petting zoo in no time at all, and it can be a daily struggle to keep the odor at bay. However, with these tips, it might be a little easier to eliminate pet odor. Here are some of the best ways to do so.
1. Air Fresheners.
If you have a pet that lives in a cage (like a hamster or bird), they will do all manner of things in there. This includes using the bathroom. Eventually their waste will pile up, and create a horrible odor.
Cleaning the cage on a regular basis would be best in this case, but lets be realistic. Sometimes you will not have the time or energy to give your pet’s cage the attention it deserves.
However, a nice air freshener will go far in masking the odor, making the smell of your pet’s cage more bearable. An air freshener by a cat’s litter box also comes recommended. Speaking of litter boxes…
2. Make Your Cat or Dog Outside Pets (if possible)
If you have a cat, then you know how bad a litter box can be. Scooping up clumps of their waste is as unpleasant as it gets. Not to mention cats tend to spray litter to areas outside the box, creating an even bigger mess. Still, you have to do it, since cats will go somewhere else if their box is too dirty. Finding these mystery spots is the worst kind of guessing game.
Similarly, dogs will need to be walked numerous times a day so they can not only get some exercise, but use the bathroom as well. Without those walks, they may become overweight, and accidents on the carpet will happen.
In both cases, letting your pet roam free outside will cut back on litter box use and household accidents. Unfortunately, your current living situation may not be ideal for this solution. You may not have a yard for your pets to roam around in.
While cats tend to be more independent, yard or not, dogs require more supervision. A fenced in yard is perfect for any dog. You will find picking up dog poop in the yard to be tedious, but it sure beats cleaning it up in the house.
3. Vacuum Pet Fur Regularly/ Keep Pets Off Furniture
This one kind of goes without saying, but a friendly reminder wouldn’t hurt. Your dogs and cats shed more than you think. If they lay on your bed or on the couch long enough, you will see a nice collection of their fur that serves as a reminder of where they’ve been. This is not only unsightly, but smelly too.
The sooner you take care of this excess fur, the less of a stink it will cause in your home. It is recommended that you vacuum up your pet’s fur on a daily basis, but doing it three or four times a week would suffice.
Another option is to make your beds and couches off limits to your pets. I know this is easier said than done. They may already be used to laying on your furniture, and their cute little faces can be hard to say no to, but just try to keep things in perspective. The reason they are off the couch and your bed is because they are stinking up the place. Also, most pet stores sell comfy dog and cat beds, so it is not like sleeping on the floor is their only option.
4. Invest In A Quality Carpet Cleaner
Your pet’s urine, feces and vomit can not only leave a potential stain, but it will cause your place to stink too. However, if you are proactive about it, it will be a non issue. You can find a carpet spray that is perfectly formulated to not only eliminate stains, but pet odor too.
Pet ownership is a big responsibility. While it can be rewarding, it can sometimes be a tough and disgusting job. You will often end up cleaning dirty cages, stinky litter boxes and discovering messes on your carpet. This is not only laborious, but stinky too. You may be at your wit’s end, but there are things you can do to combat the odor.
Putting air fresheners around cages and litter boxes will help with stationary stink. Having your pet spend more time outdoors and less time on your furniture will go a long way in preventing your handling/smelling of pet waste.
Vacuuming on a regular basis and using a good carpet spray will help with pet fur, and all the accidents that are sure to happen. Next time your house begins to smell like a zoo, remember these helpful tips. You’ll be glad you did.