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 mind sane!
Vacuums these days come with a variety of attachments and pulleys and tricks and bamboozles. Most of the time, you have no idea what any of that stuff does, and you just need your vacuum to clean up the junk from the floor and make your house look nice, clean, and picked up. I know for me, often the extra stuff that comes with the vacuum ends up on the floor of the cleaning closet, tucked away somewhere in the back. If you have a problem with pet hair getting all over your house, you might want to start digging around in that closet and find one certain vacuum appendage.
Chances are, your vacuum came with a pet hair remover, and it could be just the thing you're looking for. If you can, find that user's manual that came with your vacuum and peruse that for a minute, looking for that magical heading called the "Pet Hair Remover." Once you locate that page on the manual, you should then proceed to look for the actual piece. You probably didn't throw it away, so dig deep and look hard. Once you find the pet hair remover, read quickly on how to actually use it, and start vacuuming! You should move slowly along the couch or carpet with the pet hair remover to make sure you collect all the hair you can.
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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