Asked on Jul 6, 2013

I LOVE MY PETS ,how to keep my home cleaN?

Christine AlmeidaCareyDee Lowe


i love to see my house with less hair around I LOOKING FOR EASY WAY TO CLEAN AND NO HARM MY PETS.
22 answers
  • Dee W
    on Jul 6, 2013

    with summer heat, we see lots of shedding too. AllerG-3 from the vet or Hartz Shed Control in most stores--both in pill form-- works within a few days to cut down on dog hair. I've never had an issue with my birds and I don't have cats. Good Luck!

  • Chiquitazola
    on Jul 6, 2013


  • Kathy
    on Jul 8, 2013

    I brush the dogs and cat everyday. This reduces the pet hair.

  • Pam Bettis
    on Jul 8, 2013

    I have cats and for years I've used "Dreamcoat" by Halo. A blend of natural oils that can be added to their food. It is good for shedding as well as all around health. :)

  • Patricia W
    on Aug 23, 2013

    The only way I do it is use a good vacuum and go at it. My shark navigator has wonderful suction and does NOT smell like dogs when I'm done. It has a no loss of suction canister and works really well at keeping pet hair gone. I have to do it every day, but I do not mind. Dogs and cats shed naturally. The brushing is the best way to reduce the shed, because you actually clean up the shedding hair before it gets onto furniture and carpets.

  • Chiquita Zola
    on Aug 25, 2013


  • Allison Robbins
    on Oct 27, 2013

    In the summer we used to have to get my beautiful long hair cat shaved - vet's suggestion because he was getting furballs which affected his ability to void wastes. Although sadly, we lost him to kidney failure shaving used to help (in warm months only) and plenty of vacuuming, my Dyson picked up more than my old vacuum.

  • Stacie Jordan
    on Jan 2, 2014

    You can find many shedding products including Aller G-3 on Amazon. Good Luck.

  • Carole
    on Jan 2, 2014

    Unless your pets have some sort of skin problem, I personally would not give them pills to stop their coats shedding. It is a natural process and much needed in hot weather. Cats and dogs have a winter and a summer coat. In summer they shed and that is how it should be. They cannot sweat the way we humans do to keep cool, so to give them anything that prevents them shedding their winter coats seems a little unkind. That is my personal opinion and I am sure there are others who may not see my point of view and that is fine. If you brush your pets daily - do this outside in the garden and away from any doors or windows where the hair might get blown inside - that will go a long way to keeping the amount of hair down. A good vacuum, one that is specific to pet owners and picks up well is a must. Also if you put something like a tea bag in the vacuum bag or container, it is meant to absorb smells so that you don't get pet odour blowing from the rear of your vacuum as you hoover up. There are products you can sprinkle onto carpets and leave for several minutes before vacuuming up that will help to decrease any pet odours. For long haired pets that shed - a good trim of their coat when it is summer time is probably a good idea not only for you but also to help keep them cool. Regular brushing for long haired pets is a must - especially for cats - to help avoid tangles and matted fur and also the fur balls that can result from them licking and grooming themselves. Good luck!

  • Pamela
    on Jan 2, 2014

    You have some beautiful pets!! I have 2 dogs and we had a cat. I love to use my 'swiffer' on the bare floors and make your own 'swiffer' cloths out of old wash cloths or even t-shirts. I also vacuum everyday on the carpeted sections. This really does keep all the flying pet hair down. No matter what, when you love animals you are going to have hair....if people don't like it, I would say that is their problem.....Hope this helps you out......:0)

  • Dee Lowe
    on Jan 5, 2014

    Pamela-huge ditto. I have 3 big dogs, 3 bird cages, 2 cats & 5 fish tanks-lol fish no shedding. In the summer my dogs go to the groomer every other week, the cats get brushed daily. The birds love warm spray bottle baths-I have pet allergies and if I keep up on the vacuuming & brushing its not to bad.

  • Dawn Larson-Walters
    on Jan 5, 2014

    We use the rumba on the wood and laminate floors, we are very happy with it. We have 2 house dogs, 3 cats and dog sit also

  • Nancy Hinds
    on Jan 6, 2014

    3 out of 4 cats love being brushed- 3 are short hairs. I can brush them while they eat- on the bathroom counter where I can easily sneak up on them. The troublemaker is the longhair. She absolutely hates being brushed and seems like all of a sudden got matted last year, where I was the unfortunate one to clip them all out. I found one of those undercoat brushes that pulls out left behind fur close to the skin. She actually lets me near her, so it must be feeling pretty good to her. We have wood floors and get dust elephants billowing every few days, so I try and sweep and collect as much as I can. We have a built in vacuum which is a pain to drag the hose around, unfortunately, so Swiffering may be the answer for me! I would love a Roomba, but it wouldn't work in our set up. One of the main problems is living in a log house that collects dust and hair in our high desert with all the wind...We have to do floor to ceiling log vacuuming to get as much as we can. I also have a Webster for high dusting, but most times the dust clumps get stuck on the logs... Who though living in a beautiful log house was a great idea???!!

    • Irish53
      on Jan 26, 2014

      @Nancy Hinds There is a yellow and black static broom that is made for pet fur. It has soft rubber tines not bristles that scratch the floor. i think rubbermaid or o'cedar makes it. I had a part Maine coon. I used a people comb with large teeth that had big spaces between them to start with to comb through any mats that were starting.after she was combed through with no mats I then switched to a comb made for removing the undercoat during the hot months.I only had to use it once or twice a week. It is sold in pet shops. Looks a bit curved like a claw. All the while I groomed her I was massaging her neck or back. When I came to a mat I held the fur still away from her body between my fingers and combed from the end of the fur outward slowly moving towards my hand that was holding the fur still. . That way if you accidently pull on the fur you don't pull the cat's skin. I finished with combing through the top coat of her fur with a soft brush as if I was putting the Queen;s fur back in place just so. Pretty girl was a cat that would let you pet her once and then would act like you were messing up her fur. It took a while but she got used to being groomed.

  • Sue
    on Oct 22, 2014

    We have three indoor beagles!! They are bad shedders. Like everyone has said, you just live with it and vacuum a lot!!

  • Darla
    on Oct 22, 2014

    Along with the daily brushing and vacuuming, it helps if you put newspaper under their feeding areas and replace it daily, if you are not already doing this. I have lots of cat hair tumbleweeds too, no matter how often I sweep!

    • Peggy
      on Jul 19, 2015

      We have 5 housebabies(cats) and a dog. I tell my husband we live at the House of Hair! However, I can't imagine being without the spoiled four paws.

  • Grady
    on Nov 6, 2015

    I have 49 dogs and two cats, and what I do is I just vacuum on occasion but usually my mom does. It's sometimes difficult and the vacuuming shouldn't harm your pets. Another thing is to use a Roomba floor vacuum. That worked for us, until ours got old and broke. But try it.

  • Meem Kaplan
    on Nov 28, 2015

    There is also a spray called Pet Stain and Odor Eliminator that Citrus Magic makes. It also comes in a gallon jug which is how I bought it when we were caring for Mom when she was very ill and had a catheter. There would be some leakage occasionally and that stuff kept the area and her clothing stain and odor free. I would spray three sprays into the top of the wash load and then run the washer. It was Wonderful stuff!!! I went online and found the company and ordered it. Now we use it for the back of the pickup to get rid of the wet dog smell and also use it directly on her (totally safe!) when she rolls in something at the beach.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jun 4, 2016

    The way I see the dog hair problem is: I love my dogs and lost one at 12 years. Did I worry about dirt/hair/dog? No, I want my girl dog back.

  • Matty watts
    on Jul 24, 2016

    You have 49 dogs & 2 cats !!!!? Wow that's a lot of dogs . Are they inside or outside fur babies ????? Hubby & I have 2 inside fur babies &3 outside cats .

  • Dee Lowe
    on Jul 25, 2016

    I can sympathize with the daily clean up of pets. But I look at it this way-its part of the commitment-having a routine helps.

  • Carey
    on Sep 14, 2016

    Pet training will help some of this. I trained my pets (2 dogs, 1 cat) that they cannot get on the furniture only my lap by invitation. My furniture stays clean that way and they know that when I put "Their blanket" over my lap that it is an invitation. I dare not use it if I don't want them in my lap!!! My cat is deaf and he has been esp. cooperative ever since I taught him sign language. He was REALLY happy that I wanted to talk to him so he could understand. I have had cats that would scratch my furniture and look at me defiantly as they did it! That stopped when I covered their spot with clear packaging tape. It completely stopped the scratching. So now I only have to clean on the floors. In the past, I had specific places in the home where they were allowed. Not in my bedroom, and not in the bathroom. Two places that I like to have that are truly fur free. The guest room (when I have one) will also be pet free! One chair that I recovered with a brocade fabric and want to keep lovely, for some reason attracts my cat like a magnet! I tried teaching him to stay off it- he'd sneak. I put a plastic shower curtain over it to protect it (I made the mistake of using a fabric on it that I can't clean!!!) he loved to crawl UNDER the plastic to sleep! I put it in my bedroom!!!

  • Christine Almeida
    on Oct 21, 2016

    I have a cat, and with the litter box, pet stains are not a problem. He is trained to make ours a happy and safe home. Kitchen counters, dining tables, or anywhere that we prepare our food or eat, as well as our beds are off limits. We do allow him on our furniture and to sit with us while watching television. With all those limitations, we give him a lot of attention, and he has the run of the rest of the house. Consequently, we have plenty of fur to keep up with! I found that a two sided sponge, (the kind with a scrubbing side) is a pet owners best friend. Wet and squeeze as much of the water out as you can out of a new sponge. Then lightly skim the areas that need fur removal with the scrubbing side. The hair gets trapped in the nylon and it takes seconds to de-fuzz your sofa or chairs. Be careful not to press the sponge, because you do not want to wet the furniture. Works better than anything that I have tried and you can wash and reuse until the sponge wears out, (which is never). Just be sure to mark it clearly so that you don't mix it up with your everyday sponges!

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