Spring has sprung! Just like any other season, spring presents its own hazards and challenges for pet parents. One thing that many people have to deal with at this time of year is shedding. Fido and Fluffy tend to make a bit of a mess as they exchange their winter coats for spring outfits! Here, a Brampton, ON vet offers some tips on getting through shedding season.
Keep Kitty In
Did you know that cats who are allowed outside often shed more heavily than kitties who stay indoors? That’s because outdoor cats are more exposed to the seasonal weather changes that trigger shedding cycles. Consider keeping Fluffy indoors. (Cats are also much safer staying inside, but that’s another topic.)
Brushing your furry pal daily is one of the best ways to deal with shedding. This will help keep fur from plastering every surface in your home, as you’ll be catching it with a brush before it sticks to the couch. If you have a dog, take Fido outdoors to brush him. That way, the fur ends up in your yard, instead of on your shirt.
The Vacuum Is Your Friend
We recommend vacuuming daily, especially during shedding season. You don’t have to do your entire place every day. Spot clean high-traffic areas and places where your furry friend likes to hang out. Do more thorough cleanings about every week or so.
Remember to change your air filters! This will remove dead fur and dander from the air. Plus, it will help get rid of stinky pet odors.
Try using a squeegee to remove pet fur from carpet and upholstery. A damp sponge or washcloth will also work, as will rubber dish gloves.
We usually recommend washing pet bedding every week or two. During shedding season, you may need to wash your pet’s bed weekly. Getting a slipcover for it will make this a bit easier. You may also want to put slipcovers on your furniture. Choose machine-washable ones that are easy to get on and off.
Finding yourself plastered in pet fur is not one of the finer points of being a pet parent. Lint rollers may be your biggest ally here. Keep spares in your car and purse, as well as in your home.
Please contact us, your Brampton, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!
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