Three Things Pet Owners Need to Clean Messes

Cleaning up pet messes isn’t a difficult chore if you have the right tools at hand.

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Being a dog or cat owner is a terrific responsibility, especially when it comes to cleaning up after your pet.Artem Beliaikin

If you have a dog or cat, chances are your pet ownership has made you a healthier, happier person. However, the chances are just as great that your pet has made you blow your top a time or two over the years. Among the most challenging things about living with indoor pets are the messes they occasionally make on carpet, furniture, and bedding. While frustrating, those messes aren’t the end of the world if you own the right cleaning tools and products.

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This reusable, tapeless roller quickly and easily removes dog and cat hair off your furniture and clothing.ChomChom Roller

Most dogs and cats shed hair, which invariably seems to always end up right where you don’t want it—on furniture, carpet, bedding, and clothing. The Labrador Retriever, a popular dog breed in America, sheds more than most other kinds of dogs. Other popular breeds like the Huskie, Malamute, German Shepherd, and Golden Retriever are also prolific shedders. As far as cats go, nearly all breeds shed at least some, many extensively. Pet hair removal rollers are the best answer for picking up unwanted hair around the house. While the old-fashioned tape-type rollers will work, newer, tapeless rollers work even better and are reusable, making them also eco-friendly.

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This professional strength pet stain and odor eliminator makes cleaning up messes and alleviating odors easy.Rocco & Roxie Supply Co

Few things smell up a house like dog and cat urine and feces. Even though most pet owners work hard to train their pets where to go and where not to, accidents do happen. Unfortunately, once a dog or cat has urinated in a spot, he or she is likely to go back there again and again, turning the area into a virtual litter box or pee spot. Many pet stain and odor elimination products are available to help clean up the mess and alleviate possible future messes. Some of the best use “good” bacteria to digest wastes or urine by producing enzymes that break down the molecules into much smaller pieces, which become food for the bacteria. Once that process is complete, no odor remains.

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This self-cleaning litter box helps avoid messes, so you won’t have to do so much cleaning up after your cat.PetSafe

If possible, it is best to avoid messes in the first place, rather than having to clean them up afterward. High-quality puppy pads and high-tech litter boxes can help you do just that, leaving more time to enjoy your pet instead of cleaning up after it. A puppy pad placed in an out-of-the-way location will ensure your dog does his business there if he’s not able to get outside to his normal area. When shopping for puppy pads, consider such factors as absorbency, odor control, attractants, leak-proofing, adhesive for holding them in place and durability. Litter boxes give cats a place to go, but sometimes are problematic to keep clean. Fortunately, self-cleaning and automatic cat litter boxes require far less maintenance than traditional cat boxes.

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