Trying to keep up with a dog or a cat in a home can be a handful.
In an apartment or even a home, it can sometimes be challenging. Not every rental property or HOA allows pets, but if they do you want to be able to keep up with any damages that may be caused. Here are a few suggestions to help out.
Grooming your animal regularly will help keep that unruly hair in check. If you are bathing them at home make sure to clean out the drain, and have a place for them to dry off. You don’t want them destroying the carpet with a wet dog smell. Make sure that their regular “hang out” spots have a towel or blanket for them to lay down on, and shake it outside periodically to remove most of the hair before washing it. Clean their bedding weekly when you do your wash to keep the smell from lingering in your home.
Vacuum several times a week to keep up on the dog/cat hair on carpet. On hard floors use an electrostatic mop to attract and pick up that hair!
Don’t forget about those dirty paws. Be sure to wash them off if they have been outside. Having a towel by the door to use when you come in from your walks will keep them from tracking dirt inside.
Those little claws can cause big damage to different surfaces in your home. From the start trim your dog/cat nails often so they get used to it and don’t fight you. If they tend to scratch on corners you can cover the area with a sheet of plexiglass.
Keep in mind that an open food bowl can attract rodents and bugs, which you could be responsible for. Keep the food in a container and off of the floor. Put a place mat under their bowls to keep things clean and tidy.
Make sure to clean up after your animal ASAP!!! Letting anything sit increases the likeliness of permanent damage. If you have a cat, clean out that litter box often, and vacuum/sweep around the area daily if possible.
(Remember any damage that you or your animal causes is your responsibility to pay for to repair)