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How to Handle Indoor Pets

By Jadon Sluck TEXT SIZE Minus Plus

Okay, so we all love our pets, and if you have children, they of course, do as well. Many people have indoor pets, and while that is all fine and well, indoor pets can cause significant damage to your home, and if nothing else, leave you with a huge mess to clean up. If you have an indoor pet, or are contemplating getting one, this is something that you should think about. If you aren't prepared to deal with the mess or the potential damage to your home, then you might want to get an outdoor pet, or rethink the entire thing. If you already have an indoor pet, there are some things that you can do, which will help protect your home from damage, without getting rid of your special pet friend.

No matter what type of indoor pet you have, you will likely have problems with shedding. This can be extremely bothersome, as it gets onto your furniture, into your food, into your carpeting, your heating system, and even onto your bedding and clothing. No one wants to walk around with dog or cat hair on them all day, no matter how much they love their pet, and your guests certainly don't want your pet's hair all over them either. There are some things that you can do to make this problem easier to handle. If your pet gets onto your furniture, you may want to purchase some nice sheets that can be placed over your furniture, and washed often. This will not only help with the shedding problem, but stains as well. It may also be a good idea to purchase a bed for your pet that can be moved from room to room, so that your pet will be more inclined to stay off of the furniture.

Another thing that can help control the hair problem is to purchase lint rollers or brushes, that can be used on the furniture and your clothing, which can help get rid of some of the hair that has accumulated there. It is a good idea to do this at least one time each day, depending on how much your pet sheds. If you have an indoor pet, you should also spend the money to get a good air filtration machine; so that it can help get rid of pet dander, odors, and make the air cleaner for you to breathe. This is especially necessary for those who have allergies or breathing problems.

Some pets, particularly small puppies, tend to go berserk when left alone, and if this is the case with your pet, you might want to consider putting your pet into the garage or basement while you are away, to help minimize the damage to your home. Pets can easily destroy blinds, curtains, furniture, shoes, clothing, etc. You may also want to think about obedience training, which can help with this problem. Making certain that your pet gets outside to burn off some extra energy when you come home is also a good idea.

There really isn't much you can do about potty training your pet, other than expect accidents to happen. You can try crate training, which will limit the mess to the crate rather than other areas of your home, but either way, it isn't going to be fun. There are diapers that can be purchased for your pets, but they can be expensive.

Basically, if you have an indoor pet, especially a young one, you can expect to spend a lot of time doing extra cleaning around the house. Again, if you aren't prepared to do that, then you might want to consider other options.

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