Ask anyone who has pets and they’ll tell you: it can be extremely tough to keep your home clean with all of the pet dander and odors that get trapped throughout their home.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about cats, dogs, rabbits, snakes, or any other type of commonly found pet – they all make it tough to keep your home pleasantly smelling and odor free. And that doesn’t even take into consideration the negative effect that they can have on your breathing, especially for people who regularly suffer from allergies.
Offending Pet Problems
It’s no secret that the number one problem when you have pets is allergies. If you are known to suffer from allergic reactions to your pets, it’s actually the pet dander that you’re reacting to. Pet dander the little pieces of dead skin and fur that are shed by your pet and become airborne, making their way all throughout your home and into your lungs. Keeping your windows open and vacuuming regularly can help, but they won’t keep your home 100% clean.
In reality, the only ways to truly keep your home allergen free is by investing in the best air purifier for pets that you can find. There are a number of good air purifiers for allergies out there, but if you’re mainly suffering from a pet problem, you’re better off finding one specifically made for that purpose.
Another common problem that pet owners run into – especially those with cats – is the smell of pet urine around the house. While dogs, primarily puppies, are often known to have accidents inside, more often than not it are the male cats which are the biggest offenders.
More times than I can count, I’ve had cat owners ask me the same question – why do cats spray? And while it isn’t completely restricted to male cats (female cats spray as well) they are commonly the worst at doing so.
To put it short, cats typically spray in order to claim their territory. Sure, solo cats will sometimes do it out of anger or spite, but more often than not you’ll notice an increase in cat spraying when you add a new feline into your home.
Nothing can completely prevent your cat from spraying, but if you want to take action to reduce the frequency – and greatly reduce the odor – you should look into getting your pet fixed. Oftentimes this will decrease their urge to mark their territory, especially when it’s male cats trying to ward off other males.
All in all, living with pets can offer a number of great rewards to their owners. It’s a proven fact that owning a cat or a dog can increase your lifespan by a number of years – especially when it comes to older owners who live by themselves. Yes, having a pet may mean dealing with annoying allergies or an unpleasant odor, but at the end of the day you’ll likely find that the benefits of being a pet owner far outweigh any of the potential negatives. So what are you waiting for? Go visit your local shelter or rescue organization today and look for your next family member.