Cleaning the house or apartment is not one of the favorite activities of pet owners. Nevertheless, they have all the more work when it comes to cleaning the apartment. Pets not only make dirt, they also ensure that it is spread throughout the apartment more quickly.
We’ll show you 7 simple basics on how to best contain the dirt your pets get and give you tips on how your pets leave less dirt!
Clean apartment despite dog and cat?
From tufts of fur on the carpet to leftover food in the kitchen to dirt in the entrance area – dogs and cats do a lot to keep their owners busy. So that the apartment is not so badly soiled by the dog or cat in the first place, it is advisable to make sure that your fur nose does not make any dirt or spread it around the apartment. In a way, it’s hard parenting, but there are also little tricks that you, as a pet sitter or owner, can do to help keep your home clean. It is also important that you make your home animal-safe.
- Comb regularly
The most common cause of a dirty home is losing fur. Our four-legged friends lose numerous hairs, especially in spring and autumn when the coat changes, but also every day. Older dogs, bitches about to come into heat or neutered dogs usually have a little more hair. The breed of dog is also crucial for cleanliness. In dogs with long, thick and dark fur, hair that has fallen out is naturally more noticeable than in short-haired and poorly furled dogs. But in contrast to dogs, cats have a much thicker coat. While dogs only have around 5,000 hairs per square centimeter, a total of 25,000 hairs could be counted on the same area in house tigers.
That is why it is always advantageous for you as a pet owner or pet sitter to comb your four-legged friend regularly. In this way, hair that has fallen out is removed and absorbed directly from the coat before it ends up in the apartment or on the carpet.
In addition, most dogs and cats love grooming and combing, so that you can introduce this as a fixed daily ritual and thus strengthen the bond with your darling. As a pet sitter, this is also an excellent activity that the pet owner is sure to enjoy.
- Clean your paws after going for a walk
Most of the dirt on both humans and animals comes from outside. We have shoes on, clean them up and take them off. But our dogs can’t do that and often scurry through the door after the walk or cats simply walk in through the patio door after the exercise. On rainy and muddy days, you should definitely check their paws and clean them with lukewarm water.
Always have a rag or cloth for the coarse dirt in the entrance area and get your dog or cat used to waiting for you until you are allowed to enter the apartment right from the start. On this occasion you can also examine your four-legged friend directly for ticks and treat any injuries, remove burdock or broken splinters.
If you have brittle paws, you are welcome to use a special paw care product. Be careful with petroleum jelly or milking fat: these creams consist largely of mineral oil, which is harmful to health. Since dogs or cats like to lick their paws, it should be used with caution.
You can also enormously reduce the dirt and fur on your pets or guest animals by assigning permanent sleeping places to your dog or cat. Get your cat a scratching post with sleeping facilities or give them at least 2 places to retreat in your apartment. At best, these should be a bit remote, but your house tiger should still have everything in view and be a little elevated.
Likewise, your dog should of course mainly lie in his dog bed or his dog blanket and sleep there at night. In contrast to cats, however, only a fixed sleeping place is sufficient for dogs.
For both dogs and cats, certain no-go areas can also be defined that the four-legged friends are not allowed to enter, in order to prevent the spread of dirt. These areas are typically sofa or armchair, the smoker’s bed or other furniture that is not intended for the fur noses. You will see that if you pay attention to a strict upbringing from the outset, you will not regret it later when cleaning.
- Keep the food bowl and water dispenser clean
In addition to the distribution and loss of dog and cat fur, the feeding place is dirt source number 2. You should especially if you have large or lively dogs that pounce on the food, drool and also distribute half of the food next to the bowl pay attention to cleanliness. Before you know it, all the leftover food will be scattered around the apartment or you step into a cold puddle.
If possible, place the bowl in a separate corner that is rarely visited. Places in the middle of your apartment, such as next to the couch or in the kitchen, are less suitable. On the one hand, it is more difficult for the four-legged friends to eat in peace and on the other hand, leftover food may be distributed.
After feeding, you can wipe the bowl once as needed so that small crumbs don’t even get into the rest of the apartment. There are also special mats for the food bowl, which both keep the dirt on the mat and help prevent the bowl from slipping and being pushed through the whole apartment while eating.
- Keep the litter box clean
Clean litter boxes are the be-all and end-all of a hygienic and clean pet household. But how often should you clean your litter box and when should you completely replace it? Clean your litter box at least once a day, but preferably twice a day, and use a shovel to remove the droppings and solid pieces. Also, sweep generously around the tub to remove any carry-over bedding. Once a week you should completely clean your litter box and remove the cat litter. Then clean it with warm water and a gentle dish soap or baking soda. Depending on the condition and wear and tear, you should completely replace your litter box after one to two years.
When filling the litter box, make sure you don’t litter too much or too little. If you don’t use enough litter, your house tiger may relieve himself in another place. If you overdo it, dirt may get on the floor and quickly spread around the apartment.
A little tip: if you want to reduce odors, sprinkle additional baking soda on the floor under the litter. This binds the smells and ensures a pleasant climate.
- Don’t leave your dog at home alone for too long
It is well known that dogs and cats should not be left alone at home for too long. On the one hand, dogs are pack animals and are not used to being left alone. Only old and sick animals were left behind. So if you leave the house even briefly, it can be an unfamiliar situation for your dog if he doesn’t know it. On the other hand, even trained dogs should not be alone for longer than 4 hours, as they need activity and care.
Leaving your dog or cat alone for too long can cause psychological and physical damage, such as anxiety disorders and digestive problems, as well as damage to your home.
Torn pillows, gnawed shoes or destroyed furnishings are often the result. As a pet owner, you should never let it get that far and always look for a suitable pet sitter who will take care of your furry friend when you are absent for a longer period of time.
- Wash and cut fur regularly
In addition to daily combing, long-haired dogs and dogs with a lot of undercoat also regularly visit the dog’s hairdresser. This professionally removes the undercoat, thins the fur and, if necessary, cuts it to size. On the one hand, hair is removed directly before it even falls out and, on the other hand, a well-groomed short hairstyle offers less hold on dirt, dirt and ticks.
Even a complete bathroom for the dog is not a bad thing every now and then. This also picks up a lot of hair and washes out dust and small dirt particles.
These were our 7 tips for a clean home despite having pets. As you can see, small changes in everyday life are often enough to significantly reduce the dirt that dogs and cats make and to contribute to a clean animal household.