by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
I am a huge fan of fur. I love pets that have soft fur, and love to pet it. However, I hate the pet hair that seems to spread all over the house, all over my clothes, and all over my furniture. Shedding is actually one of my number one things I hate about cats and dogs because there's almost no avoiding it. No matter where you go, there seems to be pet hair and it can definitely drive you up the wall. There is a way though that you can avoid such things and keep your hands clean and your mind sane!
Try stroking your pet with wet hands next time. Before you sit down to watch television and you know your pet will come up to cuddle, just get your hands a little wet. When you do stroke your pet, the water will actually help the loose hair on your pet stick to your hands. The water acts like a kind of hair magnet that will attract the hair to your hands rather than to your clothes, furniture, or carpet. When you are sitting there petting your pet, you might want to keep a bowl of water next to you so you can continue stoking and still dealing with the hair problem. Dip your hands in the water every time the water on your hands dries out, and continue petting. This will help the loose hair not get where you don't want it.
It may be a little gross to have the pet hair coating your hands, but you can quickly run and wash your hands, and rinse the hair down the drain. This isn't a foolproof method, and one that I can't guarantee to work one hundred percent of the time, but for the short term, and for smaller effects, the wet hand trick can do just what you want it to. By attracting the hair to your wet hands, you prevent it from sticking to your couch, your pajamas, or your carpet. This is great!
As a pet owner though, you do need to accept the fact that even if you do take measures to minimize and clean up after shedding, if your pet is a shedding pet, that's something you'll have to deal with the entire time you have your pet. You may hate the shedding, but it is a part of having pets, and if that doesn't fly so well with you, then you should either look into buying a non-shedding pet (there are non-shedding dogs like poodles that make for great pets), or not having a pet at all. Shedding is just a part of pet ownership, and so you can't be upset when your dog or cat leaves hairs around the house.
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